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.
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.
The Church of England will decide whether or not to back the introduction of women bishops at a meeting in York today.
Members of the General Synod will be asked to give final approval to legislation introducing women bishops in a gathering at York University. If the bill is passed, the first women bishops could be introduced to the Church of England by early next year.
The vote comes after the plan was derailed by just six votes cast by lay members in November 2012, causing shock and bitter recriminations within the Church of England and prompting threats of an intervention by Parliament.
Police say 10 people have called the incident room about the BBC Crimewatch programme which was shown last night.
A further 10 people rang during the week in the buildup to the programme.
A series of new appeals for information were featured on the programme, including efforts to identify two vehicles and two men seen near Claudia’s home on Heworth Road, York, at around the time she disappeared in March 2009.
Members of the public have also been urged to go to North Yorkshire Police’s new microsite dedicated to the Claudia Lawrence investigation which went live at 9.30pm on Wednesday.
The Claudia microsite has been viewed 6,602 times so far and this is expected to increase over the coming days and weeks.
In addition, the appeal on the North Yorkshire Police Facebook page has been seen by 9,272 people and counting.
Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction. This information can be passed on anonymously.
Police have revealed that a further 10 people have called them following the Crimewatch appeal on the Claudia Lawrence case. The total number of calls is now 20.
New appeals for information were featured on the programme, including two vehicles and two men seen near Claudia’s home on Heworth Road, York, in March 2009.
Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction.
“The response to Crimewatch and the wider media appeal has been very encouraging. We hope people will continue to support the Claudia Lawrence investigation by looking at the new appeals contained on the microsite.
“The investigation team is now taking the necessary time to assess the fresh information and will issue an update in due course.”
– North Yorkshire Police
If you have any information that could assist the investigation, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.