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Nick Clegg statement on the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Nick Clegg: "As Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams has made an invaluable contribution to public life."

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Commenting on the resignation of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

As Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams has made an invaluable contribution to public life.

Like everybody who meets him, I am always struck by how extraordinarily well-informed and measured he is in everything he says.

He combines an immense gentleness with a sharp and thoughtful mind on a huge number of subjects.

I have always enjoyed our conversations, particularly in areas of common interest - tackling the stigma of mental health, the reform of our penal system, creating a fair asylum system and promoting human rights.

I wish him all the best in his new role.

Published 16 March 2012