Bishop of Leeds asks Government about support for cathedrals

Leeds 300418 bOn 14th May Lord Cormack asked Her Majesty’s Government “what plans they have to assist England’s historic cathedrals.” The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, asked a follow-up question:

The Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, does the Minister agree that underlying this Question is the need for some long-term attention to be given to cathedrals, rather than having one-off initiatives such as the First World War repairs fund? I extend to him an invitation to visit my diocese—I am the only bishop with three cathedrals, so I can take him on a tour. Continue reading “Bishop of Leeds asks Government about support for cathedrals”

Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 8th May 2018 the House of Lords considered amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill at its Report Stage. The Bishops of Ely, Leeds and St Albans took part in the four votes:

The Lord Bishop of Leeds moved amendment 93, before clause 14, to insert the new clause Future interaction with the law and agencies of the EU.

Contents: 298 | Not Contents: 227 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Ely, Leeds and St Albans voted content. 


The Duke of Wellington moved amendment 85, in clause 14, page 10, line 40, to leave out from “means” to end of line 41 and insert “such day as a Minister of the Crown may by regulations appoint (and see subsection (2));”. 

Contents: 311 | Not Contents: 233 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Leeds and St Albans voted content. 


Lord Alli moved amendment 110A, in clause 19, page 15, line 21, at end to insert:

“(2B) But none of the remaining provisions may come into force until it is a negotiating objective of the Government to ensure that an international agreement has been made which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area after exit day.

(2C) Regulations under this Act may not repeal or amend subsection (2B).”

Contents: 247 | Not Contents: 218 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Ely and Leeds voted content.


Lord Lisvane moved amendment 70, in Schedule 7, page 44, line 35, to leave out from beginning to end of line 20 on page 45 and insert:

Parliamentary committees to sift regulations made under section 7, 8, 9 or 17.

Contents: 225 | Not Contents: 194 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Leeds voted content. 

(Via Parliament.uk)

EU Withdrawal Bill: Bishop of Leeds moves an amendment on future interaction with the law and agencies of the EU

On 8th May 2018, the House of Lords considered the Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill at report stage. The Bishop of Leeds spoke to propose an amendment about the future relationship of the UK with EU agencies and law after exit day. The amendment was passed, with 298 peers content, and 227 not content.

The Lord Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, I move this amendment for two principal reasons: first, in order to assist the Government in their shaping of their case for the UK’s future relationship with the European Union post Brexit; secondly, because it is consistent with Amendment 49, which was passed earlier on Report. Continue reading “EU Withdrawal Bill: Bishop of Leeds moves an amendment on future interaction with the law and agencies of the EU”

Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 30th April 2018 the House of Lords considered amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill at its Report Stage. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, took part in three of the votes: Continue reading “Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill”

Bishop of Leeds supports Brexit Bill amendment on children’s rights, speaks on parliamentary approval of outcome of negotiations

Leeds160620On 30th April the EU (Withdrawal) Bill entered its fourth day of Report Stage. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, spoke on Baroness Massey’s amendment to support children, and Viscount Hailsham’s amendment to give MPs and Peers a meaningful say in the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. His speeches are below:

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Bishop of Leeds invokes 9th Commandment in discussion of Islam

On 30th April Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty’s Government “what assessment they have made of figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that the Muslim population of England grew 10 times faster than the general population between 2001 and 2016; what is their estimate of future growth; and what is their assessment of the impact of that trend on the relationship between Sharia and domestic law.” The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, asked a follow-up question:

The Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, does the Minister agree that a prerequisite to any intelligent discussion of Islam or any other religion should pay attention to the ninth commandment, which is that you will not bear false witness against your neighbour?

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