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New Archbishop's gambling plea

The Bishop of Durham, Rt Rev Justin Welby, has said anyone who made money by betting on his appointment as the next Archbishop of Canterbury should make a donation to the church.

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Church 'should benefit' from Archbishop bet winnings

"Generally speaking I am not a horse," the Rt Rev Welby said after being heavily backed by punters. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Rt Rev Welby urged those winning bets on his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury to donate the money to local churches.

He added that he would not have backed himself for the job, but was not anti-gambling.

Speaking in Sunderland, he said: "It's a very strange feeling when you find yourself having odds quoted on you at a bookie. Generally speaking I am not a horse, I think that's a really important point to get across."

He went on: "I just thought if people have made money out of this, I think the church should benefit, so give it to your local church."

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