Bishop of Wakefield takes his seat in the Lords

June 23, 2009 at 11:48 am Leave a comment


The newest member of the Lords Spiritual was introduced to the House yesterday.

Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Lord Bishop of Wakefield, was supported by the Bishop of Southwark and the Bishop of Norwich.

26 diocesan bishops of the Church of England sit in the House of Lords.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester automatically get a seat.

The other places are taken on the basis of seniority.

Bishop Platten, 62, has been Bishop of Wakefield since 2003 and is a former Dean of Norwich.

His two sons – Aidan and Gregory – both ordained deacons in 2003 and priests in 2004.

Bishop Platten is a former Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs, serving Archbishops Runcie and Carey.


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