Bishop of Coventry to sit in the House of Lords

Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 15/01 17:06

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THE Bishop of Coventry is to take a seat in the House of Lords.

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth will join 25 other Anglican bishops in the Lords from Tuesday.

The 56-year-old, who has been in his role since 2008, replaces the Bishop of Blackburn following his retirement.

Bishops have sat in Parliament since its earliest origins. The 26 seats are filled according to the length of time they have served.

"I greatly look forward to fulfilling the responsibilities of a member of the House of Lords and, although my concern will be the good of the whole of society, I hope my contribution to the Lords will be of special value to the life of Coventry and Warwickshire," said Bishop Christopher.

You can follow the contributions of bishops in the House of Lords on Twitter @churchstate.

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