Dr Rowan Williams 'outstanding leader in challenging times'

Rowan Williams rightly is held in the greatest respect nationally and internationally. He has been an outstanding leader of the church in England and in the wider Anglican Communion in challenging times. He has friends on every continent, and has played a vital role in building friendships across faiths and denominations. He has done what he said he would do which is to challenge the imagination of our country. I hope he will go on doing that through the rest of his time as Archbishop of Canterbury and beyond in the new role

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader

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Archbishop of Canterbury quits

Rowan Williams has announced he is stepping down as the Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of the year. He has accepted the position of Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University to start in January.