Bishop of Southwark Introduced to Lords

On 15th December 2014 the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, was Introduced to the House of Lords and took his seat.

From the Diocese of Southwark website:

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, was introduced to the House of Lords on Monday 15 December. He was supported by the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of York.Bishop Christopher has been the Bishop of Southwark since March 2010 and, in the Lords, he replaces the Bishop of Oxford who retired on 31 October 2014.

The Bishop of Southwark joins three other Peers from Southwark: Baroness Perry, Lord Palumbo and Lord Kennedy which rather remarkably means that there is a Southwark Peer on all benches as Baroness Perry is Conservative, Lord Palumbo is a Liberal Democrat and Lord Kennedy is a Labour peer, whilst the Bishop of Southwark sits as a Lord Spiritual.

Commenting on his entry into the Lords, Bishop Christopher said, “It is a great privilege to be able to serve the country and especially the people of the Diocese of Southwark in this way and I very much look forward to working with the other Lords Spiritual and others in the House of Lords- especially my colleagues from Southwark – to ensure that the voices of those in our country who are most disadvantaged are properly heard when we consider the many important and difficult choices that we face today.”


From Hansard:

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Christopher Thomas James, Lord Bishop of Southwark, was introduced and took the oath, supported by the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.