History is being made at York Minster today for the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop.
The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu will ordain the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport.
It comes two decades after the ordination of the first women priests.
The first female bishop in the Church of England will be consecrated at York Minster in an historic service conducted by the Archbishop of York.
The Rev Libby Lane is to become Bishop of Stockport. She is the first woman in the church to take on the post, breaking 500 years of tradition.
She will be formally installed as the Bishop of Stockport in a separate service in March.
History will be made at York Minister later today when the Church of England's first female bishop is ordained.
The Rev Libby Lane will be consecrated as the new Bishop of Stockport . She's a former hospital chaplain in the York diocese and the wife of a former curate at Beverley Minster.
Rev Lane will be consecrated at York Minister in a service beginning at 11am and presided over by The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev John Sentamu.
The mother-of-two was revealed as the Bishop of Stockport in an historic announcement last December, an an appointment that saw the Church of England break with almost 500 years of tradition. Speaking after the original announcement, she said:
"I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting. I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God."
The Church of England has voted in favour of allowing women bishops for the first time in its history.
The result means women bishops could potentially be appointed by the end of the year.
After almost five hours of debate, the legislation to allow women to take up senior roles in the church received the required two thirds majority in all three Houses of the General Synod.
Thirty-seven bishops voted in favour with two against and one abstention, while 162 clergy approved with 25 against and four abstentions.
In the House of Laity, there were 152 votes in favour, 45 against and five abstentions.
Two General Synod members on opposite sides of the argument, Christina Rees and Lorna Ashworth, tell ITV News correspondent Tim Ewart why they are adamantly for or against the introduction of women bishops.
David Cameron said he was in favour of women bishops as the Church of England prepares for a second vote on the issue.
The Prime Minister said: "I am in favour of women bishops. I think Archbishop Welby has shown great leadership on this issue and I wish him well."
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The long-running battle over women bishops comes to a head today. Members of the General Synod will cast their final vote at York University. Two years ago, legislation to allow women to become bishops narrowly missed being voted through - prompting complaints from the Bishop of Lincoln.
Ordaining women bishops "will bring hope" to the Church of England after years of debate over the issue, a female Reverend has told Good Morning Britain.
Rev Yvonne Clarke admitted "there may be some division" if the vote went in favour of female bishops but felt, in the long run, "it can only be better for the Church of England".