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Full report: Libby Lane becomes first Anglican Bishop

History was made today when the Church of England consecrated its first ever woman bishop - the Reverend Libby Lane, who's the new Bishop of Stockport.

The service at York Minster saw an end to centuries of male leadership in the church.

It didn't go without incident, as one man in the congregation shouted out in opposition. But he failed to prevent the ceremony going ahead.

Church of England's first woman bishop being consecrated

Credit: PA

The Church of England's first female bishop is being consecrated in a ceremony this morning.

Reverend Libby Lane was named as the Bishop of Stockport in December.

Libby Lane, 48, is being ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in a service, conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, at York Minister.

Members of the clergy process into York Minster, York, ahead of the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane Credit: PA

It comes months after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women bishops.

Speaking at the time her appointment was announced, the mother-of-two hailed the moment as "significant", adding: "I'm the first, but I won't be the only."

Members of the clergy run to catch up with the procession into York Minster, York, ahead of the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane as the eighth Bishop of Stockport. Credit: PA


Profile of Stockport - and the world's - first female Anglican bishop

Libby Lane has many links to Stockport and the North West. Credit: Press Association.

Libby Lane has been the Vicar of St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in the Diocese of Chester, since April 2007, and from January 2010 has also been Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese.

After school in Manchester and University at Oxford, she trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.

She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn.

Prior to moving to Hale, Libby was Team Vicar in the Stockport South West Team, and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Chester, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church. She continues to be a Bishop's Selection Advisor.

Libby has served in the Diocese of York, as Chaplain in hospital and further education, and as Family Life Officer for the Committee for Social Responsibility in the Diocese of Chester.

She is one of eight clergy women from the Church of England elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops, as the representative from the dioceses of the North West.

Libby Lane with her husband, George.

Libby's husband, George, is also a priest; they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together.

George is Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, licensed in the Diocese of Manchester.

They have two grown up children who are currently studying in higher education.

Her interests include being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives, learning to play the saxophone, supporting Manchester United, reading and doing cryptic crosswords.

Historic moment as Stockport's Bishop Libby Lane takes office

Rev Libby Lane will become Bishop of Stockport today. Credit: Press Association.

The new Bishop of Stockport, Rev Libby Lane, will become the first woman to take the office in the Church of England today.

There will be a special consecration ceremony for Rev Lane at York minster.

Her appointment was announced just one month after Anglican leaders voted in favour of women Bishops.

It is an unexpected's a remarkable day for me and I realise an historic day for the church."

– Libby Lane, The Bishop of Stockport speaking in December
  • Click here to read more about Rev Libby Lane's nomination to become Bishop of Stockport.

Hundreds sign petition to stop Reverend Robert retiring at 70

The Reverend Robert Gallagher has worked at an inner city church in Liverpool for almost a quarter of a century.

And he wants to continue.

But Church of England rules mean he must step down by his 70th birthday. Now there's a campaign been launched to allow him to stay.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Liverpool said they were aware of the campaign. "While we acknowledge their feelings, it doesn't alter the fact that under Ecclesiastical Law there is no grounds for an extension and Father Robert will retire on August 19th.

"We will then announce details of how we intend to continue worship at St Margaret’s Toxteth.”