Baldry: Impossible to understand women bishops vote

Sir Tony Baldry, the MP who represents the Church Commissioners, has spoke of his bemusement at the failure to approve women bishops.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he said: “Every day that we fail to resolve this issue is a day when our credibility in the public eye is likely to diminish.”

Tony Baldry
Tony Baldry says he was "impossible" to understand the decision on women bishops. Credit: ITV News

He added: "It is important for the House to recognise that there is overwhelming support in the Church of England for women bishops to be consecrated.

"It is impossible for me to explain to Parliamentary colleagues that a measure that has had the support of 42 out of 44 diocese failed to pass in General Synod."

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