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First female bishop to lead Derby diocese

The first female bishop in the Church of England is to become the new Bishop of Derby, Downing Street has announced.

The Right Reverend Libby Lane has been Bishop of Stockport since 2015. Credit: PA

The Right Reverend Libby Lane has been Bishop of Stockport since 2015, after the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow female bishops in 2014.

Speaking about the appointment, Bishop Lane said:

I am thrilled to have been appointed as the next Bishop of Derby.

I am excited about starting my ministry there and for getting to know all the people, places and parishes that will be a part of it.

– The Rt Revd Libby Lane

Bishop Lane will replace The Rt Revd Alastair Llewellyn John Redfern who announced his resignation in August.