Reverend Libby Lane
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First COE female bishop: 'I've been blessed', says Libby Lane

Reverend Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England, just a month after a historic change to canon law.

She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.

Mrs Lane has been the vicar at St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in the diocese of Chester, since 2007.

The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July and formally adopted legislation on 17 November.

Speaking to the BBC's Caroline Wyatt, she said: "I'm grateful for the confidence placed in me".

  • 17 Dec 2014
  • From the section UK
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