“Snap” General Election

Motion for early election announced 

Following the ruling of the Divisional Court of Queen’s Bench [Thomas LCJ, Etherton MR and Sales LJ] on R (Miller & Anor) v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin) we observed there were a number of commentators who had suggested that this might result in the Prime Minister calling a “snap” election. However, on the Andrew Marr show she had expressed her “absolute certainty” that there wouldn’t be a General Election before 2020, here. Continue reading

Bishop of Loughborough – clarification for the media

Bishop Martyn’s guide for the media

In order to clarify some of the incorrect assumptions circulating in the media following Harriet Sherwood’s article Church of England to create bishop for minority ethnic community in The Guardian on 27 March, The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester, has posted the following clarification. Continue reading

Ecclesiastical court judgments – February 2017

Review of the ecclesiastical court judgments during February 2017

February’s consistory court judgments have included:

In addition, the determinations of two CDM tribunals have been published, and we have published individual posts on the development of a Private Bill in relation to cemetery development, and on the attestation of York Minister Constables in order to give them police powers. Continue reading

Bishop Philip North – ‘5 Guiding Principles’ restated

Statement from the Communications Office for the National Church Institutions

The nomination of the Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, has generated a substantial volume of correspondence and comment which has been countered by a statement from the Church of England Communication Office and a Press Release from the Archbishop of York. The Communications Office for the National Church Institutions has now issued the following restatement of the 5 Guiding Principles On Women And The Episcopate and their (fraught) development. Continue reading

Ecclesiastical Court Judgments – January

Ecclesiastical court judgments reviewed in January 2017

January’s consistory court judgments have included:

In addition, a CDM Tribunal has considered the penalty in Re Gomes and the Rt Revd Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough has issued his Visitation Charge to Peterborough Cathedral. Some of these judgements &c have been considered in further detail; see Links to other posts. Continue reading