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The Bishop of Durham urges politicians to tackle social welfare

The Bishop of Durham has given his Christmas message Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Durham is urging politicians to work together to tackle social issues, as part of his Christmas message.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler says many people are burdened by anxieties, around caring for themselves and their families. Where the future of welfare is concerned, the Bishop calls for co-operation between political parties, for the benefit of communities.


Bishop urges people to find hope in Easter story

The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to look to the Easter story to find new hope for their lives.

In a message to the people of the North East, The Right Reverend Paul Butler says 'I trust this Easter you will find something afresh of the joy of the risen Jesus.'

You can read the Bishop's full Easter message here and watch him speaking to ITV Tyne Tees:

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York Minster advertises for £7,000-a-year head of bell tower

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The authorities at York Minster are advertising for a new so-called head of bell tower – four months after they sacked the entire team of volunteer bellringers.

The successful applicant, who will be paid around £7,000 a year for a 10-hour week, will help the Minster recruit a new band of bellringers.

The old team were sacked in October over what the Minster said were 'safeguarding concerns'. It came after one one member was accused of indecent assault, but never charged.

Bishop of Durham's Christmas message

The Bishop of Durham has told ITV Tyne Tees that the UK must respond with compassion to the situation in Syria.

As part of his annual Christmas message, the Right Reverend Paul Butler says he's particularly proud of the way people in the North East have reacted to the ongoing crisis.


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Sacked bellringers stage defiant protest

Volunteer bellringers who have been sacked from York Minster have staged a defiant protest by ringing the bells at another church in the city.

By contrast, the bells at the Minster stayed silent - and may remain so until after Christmas. Chris Kiddey reports.

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