Bishop of Portsmouth backs first appointed female bishop

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The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth has revealed his delight at the naming of the first female Bishop in the Church of England.

The Reverend Libby Lane has become the new Bishop of Stockport and will be consecrated at York Minster on January 26.

In her role, she will be a suffragan (assistant) in the Diocese of Chester.

The Right Reverend Christopher Foster was pleased to hear about the appointment of Ms Lane and welcomes her new role within the church.

He said: ‘I have worked with Libby for several months, and I am sure she will serve God and the Church well in this new role.’

Ms Lane was ordained as a priest in 1994 and has served a number of parish and chaplaincy roles inside that time. She is also part of the senior female clergy who regularly interact with, and meet the House of Bishops.

She said, after her appointment, at Stockport town hall: ‘This is unexpected and very exciting, I am grateful and somewhat daunted by the confidence placed in me.’

Also sharing the joy was the Archbishop of Canterbury, who said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted for Libby, her clear determination to serve the church make her a wonderful choice.’