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Lancashire's Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson
Lancashire's Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson
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Legislation to allow women to become bishops has been supported by Church of England representatives in Lancashire, it emerged today.

The Diocese of Blackburn has voted in favour of the latest proposals to allow women to become bishops.

Lancashire’s Bishop, The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, who was appointed in October last year, said: “I am delighted our Synod has taken this important step towards equality for women within the Church.

“As I have already stated publicly several times, I am fully supportive of women clergy and I am looking forward to my first ordinations of women priests in June of this year.

“I also support the introduction of women bishops – and this vote today takes us ever closer to the moment when women will take their place alongside men as Bishops.”

There was a debate at a Diocesan Synod in Blackburn town centre about proposed changes to Canon Law to pave the way for the historic move.

All Houses passed the motion by a majority of 83 to 34, with three abstentions.