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Church leader selection begins

Members of a group responsible for senior Church of England appointments begin a three-day meeting today to decide who should succeed Dr Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury. The Crown Nominations Commission is meeting at a secret location.

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The selection process for a new Archbishop of Canterbury

  • The new Archbishop will be chosen by the Crown Nominations Commission. It has 16 voting members, and is chaired by former Conservative arts minister Lord Luce.
  • The commission has to submit the name of a preferred candidate and a second appointable candidate as Archbishop to the Prime Minister.
  • Under convention agreed since 2007, the Prime Minister commends the name preferred by the commission to the Queen for approval.
  • The second name is used only if there is a change of circumstances which means the appointment of the recommended candidate cannot go ahead.

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