On Thursday 22nd October 2020 the Archbishop of York was reintroduced to the House of Lords. Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell had previously served as the Bishop of Chelmsford. Hansard records the event as follows:
Thursday 22 October 2020
The House met in a hybrid proceeding.
12.00 pm, Prayers—read by the Lord Bishop of London.
On Monday 7th September 2020 the Bishop of Manchester, Rt Revd David Walker, took his oath to become a Member of the House of Lords, joining the Lords Spiritual on the Bishops’ Benches. Bishop David was supported by his two sponsors the Bishops of Birmingham and Worcester, in an introduction ceremony that was modified to accommodate social distancing rules in Parliament.
From Hansard: “On 2nd July, 2019, Rt Revd Elizabeth Jane, Lord Bishop of Derby, was introduced and took the oath, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct of the House of Lords.”
She and her two sponsors, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spoke in the Bishops’ Robing Room shortly before the introduction:
Vivienne Frances, Lord Bishop of Bristol, was introduced and took the oath, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Salisbury, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.
On Thursday 24th May 2018 the Bishop of London, Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, was Introcuced to the House of Lords by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Chichester, and took her seat on the Bishops’ Benches.
On Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 2.38 pm the right reverend and right honourable Richard John Carew Chartres, KCVO, lately Bishop of London, was introduced and took the oath, supported by Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve and Lord Luce, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.
Lord Chartres will sit as an independent Crossbench Peer.
On 14th September 2017 the Bishop of Lincoln, Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, was introduced to the House of Lords and took his seat. The Bishops of Gloucester and Newcastle acted as his supporters. Here is a description of the ceremony of introduction:
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.