Welby archbishop role confirmed
Former oil executive Justin Welby has been announced as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, in a move he said was "the best kept secret since the last Cabinet reshuffle".
Speaking at a press conference announcing his appointment, the former Bishop of Durham again voiced his support for women bishops.
The Times reports that his long-standing support will clinch a vote in favour at a Church meeting this month, allowing the first female bishop to be chosen as early as 2014.
He did not make any commitment on equal marriage, but stressed he had to "listen to the LGBT community" and was "always averse to the language of exclusion".
David Cameron welcomed the news, saying: "“I welcome Justin Welby’s appointment as the new Archbishop of Canterbury. The Church of England plays an important role in our society, not just as the established church, but in the provision of education, help for the deprived and in furthering social justice."
"I look forward to working with the Archbishop in all of these areas and I wish him success in his new role.”
According to the Financial Times, Archbishop Welby will retain his place on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.