Women bishop legislation approved by General Synod

The General Synod has backed legislation which could see the first female bishop in the Church of England selected before the end of this year.

The move to halve the consultation period was backed by 358 members, with 39 voting against and nine abstaining.

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Archbishop's plea to church over women bishops

The Archbishop of Canterbury will issue a plea today for the Church of England to "challenge fear" within its ranks as new legislation to introduce women bishops looks on course to gain approval later this year.