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The Right Reverend Nick Bain will, in the summer, become The Bishop of Leeds, overseeing the diocese of West Yorkshire and, in North Yorkshire, the Dales. Here, the Bishop Designate of Leeds reacts to the announcement
From June, North Yorkshire will be overseen by a new Bishop. As Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Nick Baines will head the newly created diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. He'll be a key religious figure in part of our region. But who is he, and what does he plan to do?
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, explains why The Right Reverend Nick Baines was selected to become The new Bishop of Leeds. Part of his role, which begins in June, will be to oversee the newly created diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales, which reaches deep into North Yorkshire.
Current Bishop of Bradford, Nick Baines, arrives at his introduction to the newly created post of Bishop of Leeds.
Downing Street has today announced that the Right Reverend Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, will be the first Church of England Bishop of Leeds for the diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
The new diocese will come into being on Easter Sunday and will be the largest geographically in the country.
It will replace the current dioceses of Bradford and Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield.
The Right Reverend Nick Baines has been Bishop of Bradford for three years.
Introducing him, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Semantu said:, "I am delighted. Bishop Nick brings a well rounded understanding of the area he will serve."