MP, Worthing West
MP, Worthing West
Peter Bottomley sometimes rebelled against their party in this parliament
One question that has not been raised this evening, but was raised in the House of Lords, where the Archbishop of Canterbury’s answer was delphic, is whether the archbishops will consecrate other bishops when they are physically able to do so or whether they will opt out.
May I briefly say that in my 39 years in Parliament, I have shared in part the pain of many good women who could have made the Church even better if they had been able to be ordained as priests and not just as deacons earlier, and if they had been ordained as bishops long before the present time? Too often we have walked in sympathy with the parishes and the people who have found that...
I agree with that; it is one of the reasons why people are concerned that excluding the Church of England from the Equality Act 2010 may make it possible for the Church to go in for more discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or with regard to the remarriage of divorced people. That works both ways. I want to end this speech, which is briefer than I wanted, with the words of a woman who...
Conservative MP for Worthing West
Entered House of Commons on 26 June 1975 — unknown
Also represented Eltham; Greenwich Woolwich West
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