There are 26 bishops in the Lords (the ”˜Lords Spiritual’) who, as well as reading prayers at the start of each day’s meeting, play a full and active role in the life and work of the Upper House. They provide an independent voice, a spiritual insight and a regional perspective in their contributions to the House, which is informed by their work in the dioceses. They regularly speak on a wide range of subjects and are active on committees and in all party groups.
This month in the Lords, the Archbishop of York challenged the Government about lifting the ban on the short selling of shares in the current financial crisis, while the Bishops of Chelmsford and Manchester voiced concerns about the use of violence in and around Gaza and the humanitarian response.
The new website section is designed for those who want to discover more about the bishops’ past and current contributions in the Lords, as well as providing helpful information about the bishops’ present and historic role in the Upper House.