Cameron 'wants women bishops'
David Cameron has expressed disappointment over the Church of England's rejection of women bishops.
However the Prime Minister does not believe that Parliament should intervene on the issue.
Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said: "I'm very sad about the way the vote went yesterday and I'm particularly sad for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams."
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Dr Williams said today the Church had "a lot of explaining to do" to the public about the vote.
The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman made clear that Mr Cameron did not support the move by the ruling general synod. "His personal view is that there should be women bishops. Clearly he shares the disappointment of the archbishops," the spokesman said.
But a Downing St spokesman said the Prime Minister did not want Parliament to intervene: "This is a matter for the Church... We have no plans to change the law."
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the decision was "deeply disappointing", and urged the Church to make clear what action it will take.
"It can’t just let this lie for the next five years. And I think they need to do that and we’ll listen carefully to their response," she told Sky News.
The Archbishop of York earlier said the Church should try again to push ahead with allowing female bishops. Speaking to the Today programme, John Sentamu said there needed to be a conversation between senior church members "at this rather late hour".
The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, described the vote as a "very grim day" on his official Twitter account.