MP launches parliamentary bid to allow women bishops

Labour MP Diana Johnson will launch a parliamentary bid to force the Church of England to allow women bishops today.

Campaigners hope the bill will remind Church leaders that Parliament had the power to intervene if they failed to take action to remove the bar.

Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Mrs Johnson has claimed senior clerics have shown "little urgency" in making progress since the CofE voted down plans to allow females to take the senior roles.

Supporters of women bishops hope that the Bishops (Consecration of Women) Bill will keep the issue in the spotlight.