Cameron Wants to Fast Track Women Bishops Into House of Lords

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to see women bishops jump the queue for places in the House of Lords as the Church of England’s ruling body backed proposals to create them for the first time.

There are places for 26 bishops in the unelected upper chamber of Parliament. These go to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the bishops of Durham, London and Winchester. The other 21 places are allocated to the bishops who have held office longest.

Asked during his weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session if he wanted to see female bishops in the Lords faster than the current system allowed, Cameron agreed.

“The government is willing to work with the church to see how we can get women bishops into the Lords as soon as possible,” Cameron told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

The General Synod of the Church of England today voted 378 to eight in favor of introducing women bishops, alongside guidance for parishes that reject them.

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