Tony Blair: new Archbishop is a 'good choice'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the appointment of Justin Welby as the new Archbishop of Canterbury is a "very interesting choice, and a very good one".

Mr Blair was commenting after today's announcement that the former Bishop of Durham would become the new head of the Church of England. He said:

"I think Justin Welby is a very interesting choice, and a very good one.

"Not just the Church of England, but the faith part of our society needs strong leadership, innovative leadership, and a little bit of sparkle and enthusiasm.

"I think he'll bring something very, very special to the job."


Archbishop of Canterbury appointment

The Bishop of Durham, Rt Rev Justin Welby, has been appointed the new Archbishop of Canterbury.