City bishop to become a member of the Lords

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth
The Rt Rev Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth

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The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth will join the House of Lords on Thursday

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster has asked for prayers as he takes on his new responsibility in the Upper House, and says he will use his experience of issues in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as he speaks in Parliament.

He will join the two Archbishops, and the bishops of Durham, Winchester and London, and 21 other bishops in the House of Lords.

He said: ‘I hope to use my experience of serving the people of this diocese to inform my contributions.

‘In the last couple of weeks, for instance, I have seen the challenges for schools on the Isle of Wight, been involved in conversations about job opportunities in Portsmouth, and at the weekend visited some of those affected by flooding in Hambledon.

‘There will be times, too, for some less public conversation and ministry in parliament. This privilege and responsibility is daunting and I value your prayers, please.’