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More than half of young gay people experience bullying

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Research by Stonewall shows that more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying.

The Lesbian Gay and Bisexual charity says that if homophobic bullying goes unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people.

It says three out of five gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions.

Welby to Launch Homophobic Bullying Measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury wants children to be protected from homophobic bullying Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in Lewisham today to launch measures to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools. Justin Welby recognises what he terms 'particular challenges in this area' and insists pupils must be protected.

The Archbishop explained that the guidance was about "challenging schools to strive towards a deeply accepting environment for all their pupils".


Predecessor Dr Rowan Williams 'delighted' by appointment

Dr Rowan Williams. Credit: PA

Rt Rev Justin Welby's predecessor Dr Rowan Williams said:

"I am delighted at the appointment of the Right Reverend Justin Welby to Canterbury.

"I have had the privilege of working closely with him on various occasions and have always been enriched and encouraged by the experience.

"He has an extraordinary range of skills and is a person of grace, patience, wisdom and humour.

"He will bring to this office both a rich pastoral experience and a keen sense of international priorities, for Church and world.

"I wish him - with Caroline and the family - every blessing, and hope that the Church of England and the Anglican Communion will share my pleasure at this appointment and support him with prayer and love."

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PM welcomes appointment of new Archbishop of Canterbury

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the appointment of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, saying: "The Church of England plays an important role in our society, not just as the established church, but in the provision of education, help for the deprived and in furthering social justice.

"I look forward to working with the Archbishop in all of these areas and I wish him success in his new role."

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The Rt Rev Justin Welby confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury. Credit: PA

The Bishop of Durham has been confirmed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Rt Rev Justin Welby, an Eton-educated former oil industry executive, has become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

He is from the evangelical Holy Trinity Brompton church in London.

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