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Women bishops: Nick Clegg statement

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The Deputy Prime Minister made a statement on today's vote by the General Synod of the Church of England approving women bishops.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

This is a watershed moment for the Church of England and a huge step forward in making our society fairer. I would like to congratulate the strong leadership that Archbishop Welby has shown on this issue.

Allowing women to become bishops is another long overdue step towards gender equality in senior positions. I welcome the Church of England’s decision which means that women can now play a full and equal role in the important work of the Church.