There are 26 seats in the Brits’ House of Lords reserved for male Bishops of the Church of England. The House of Commons is debating reforms under consideration for the House of Lords. Here’s a bit of reporting on their progress:
Referring to events at the Church of England synod, Ian Lucas, Labour MP for Wrexham, noted that the bishops’ privilege was ‘even more inexplicable on this day when the Church of England has decided not to appoint women bishops.’ Mr Lucas MP went on to suggest that in effect placing a gender-ban on a number of seats in the legislature may be a breach of the European convention on human rights.
Responding to claims that the removal of the bishops would amount to disestablishment of the Church, Anne McGuire, Labour MP for Stirling, commented that ‘if the establishment of the Church of England depends on 12 bishops sitting in the House of Lords, it is in a worse state than the Archbishop of Canterbury thinks it is.’