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Appointment Of Archbishops And Bishops

EDM number 1653 in 1993-94, proposed by Tony Benn on 25/10/1994.

That this House is of the opinion that it is quite wrong that the Prime Minister, who is not required by law to be an Anglican, or even a Christian, should retain any power over Church of England appointments, in the name of a monarch whose commitment to that church, though required by law, may be purely formal in character; and that the Church of England should be free to choose its own leaders without any political intervention or influence; and calls upon the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury to put forward proposals that would allow the new Archbishop of York, and all future archbishops and bishops to be appointed by, and from within, the Church, under arrangements to be determined by the General Synod.

This motion has been signed by a total of 31 MPs.

Tony Benn25/10/1994ChesterfieldProposed
David Hanson26/10/1994DelynSigned
Dennis Turner26/10/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Harry Barnes26/10/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Tony Banks26/10/1994Newham North WestSigned
Tommy Graham26/10/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Kenneth Eastham26/10/1994Manchester, BlackleySigned
John Cummings26/10/1994EasingtonSigned
Eric Clarke26/10/1994MidlothianSigned
Michael Clapham26/10/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Bill Michie26/10/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale26/10/1994MansfieldSigned
Lynne Jones26/10/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
John Heppell26/10/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Mike Hall27/10/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Ken Livingstone27/10/1994Brent EastSigned
Norman Godman27/10/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
John Evans27/10/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Derek Enright27/10/1994HemsworthSigned
Jim Dowd27/10/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Terry Davis27/10/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Gordon Prentice27/10/1994PendleSigned
Michael Connarty31/10/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Roger Godsiff31/10/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Alex Salmond01/11/1994Banff & BuchanSigned
Martyn Jones01/11/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Ian McCartney01/11/1994MakerfieldSigned
Janet Anderson01/11/1994Rossendale & DarwenSigned
Jack Thompson01/11/1994WansbeckSigned
Simon Hughes02/11/1994Southwark and BermondseySigned
Bill Etherington02/11/1994Sunderland NorthSigned

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