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Controversial Bishop of Burnley officially installed

The installation of the new Bishop. Photo: Granada Repports

Bishop Rt Rev. Philip North has been officialy installed as the new Bishop of Burnley. The ceremony took place at Blackburn Cathedral this morning.

The service follows the Bishop's consecration two weeks ago at York Minster, presided over by the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev and Rt Hon, Dr John Sentamu.

The Bishop is most well known for his hard-line opposition to women bishops in the church of England. He was one of the most vocal opponents to the consecration of the the Right Reverend Libby Lane as the first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster in January.

Granada reports caught up with the Bishop and asked him if the controversies surrounding his views of female Bishops would affect his new position:

Rt Rev. Philip North, was until recently Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras, a large inner city parish of four churches in the Camden area of north London.

He says that Lancashire is much ore beautiful than London but that he is worried that the South of the country is leaving the North behind economically because of the "so called economic recovery".