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."
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