"A monumental positive shift forward"

Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington and Acting Bishop of Liverpool has responded to the result.

"Synod's vote today represents a monumental positive shift forward for the Church of England."

378 in favour, 8 against, 25 abstentions

Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington and Acting Bishop of Liverpool said:

“Synod’s vote today represents a monumental positive shift forward for the Church of England. I have long been a supporter of women in the episcopate and it is fantastic to have reached a point where we are one step closer to this goal. I know there will be many in the Diocese of Liverpool who will be rejoicing at this long overdue step and I strongly support this affirmation of women’s ministry. However, as we have always done in Liverpool, I will be working with colleagues and parishes who have a strong theological objection so that they still feel included in our common life as we seek to grow in Christ. I was struck by the positive atmosphere encouraged by people listening prayerfully and carefully together and a desire to move forward. What resulted was the adoption of a plain and simple measure which is widely perceived as fair and workable. I look forward to welcoming the first woman to the College of Bishops. “