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North East's First Woman Bishop says 2016 is "about hope"

The first woman bishop in the North East has said that 2016 must be about looking forward with hope.

Christine Hardman took up the role of Bishop of Newcastle a few weeks ago.

She's been reflecting on the last year with our correspondent Frances Read:

Women bishops back on General Synod agenda in York

Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, speaking at General Synod Credit: Keith Blundy

Controversial plans to introduce women bishops are back on the agenda of the General Synod, the Church of England's national assembly.

Following the defeat of legislation last year, members of the General Synod are meeting at York University to be asked to back new proposals approved by the Church of England bishops, which could mean final approval for female bishops by 2015.

The new scheme would make allowances for traditionalists who oppose women bishops, but there would no longer be any dicoceses where none of the serving bishops ordain women as priests.