In pictures: Introduction of the Bishop of Oxford

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On Tuesday 19 July 2016 Rt Revd Steven Croft was introduced to the House of Lords as Bishop of Oxford. Bishop Steven had sat in the Lords as the Bishop of Sheffield, but as is traditional when translating to another diocesan see, needed to be Introduced to the Lords again in his new role. Hansard records:

2.37 pm: Introduction: The Lord Bishop of Oxford

Steven John Lindsey, Lord Bishop of Oxford, was introduced and took the oath, supported by the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of Southwark, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct. 

Pictures of the Introduction are below. A video of the short ceremony can also be watched on the UK Parliament website here.

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The Bishop of Oxford presents his Writ of Summons to attend Parliament, to the Reading Clerk

The Reading Clerk reads the Writ of Summons to the House, whilst the Bishop of Oxford stands with his two sponsors, the Bishops of Southwark and Norwich

The Reading Clerk reads the Writ of Summons to the House, whilst the Bishop of Oxford stands with his two sponsors, the Bishops of Southwark and Norwich

The Bishop of Oxford takes the oath of allegiance, holding the New Testament in his right hand

The Bishop of Oxford takes the oath of allegiance, holding the New Testament in his right hand

After signing the test roll and the code of conduct, the Bishop of Oxford and his sponsors bow to the Throne

After signing the test roll and the code of conduct, the Bishop of Oxford and his sponsors pause before facing the Woolsack and bowing to the Cloth of Estate

The Bishop of Oxford shakes hands with the Lord Speaker, before taking his seat on the Bishops' Benches

The Bishop of Oxford shakes hands with the Lord Speaker on the Woolsack, before taking his seat on the Bishops’ Benches