Baldry decries bishop vote
The attempts by Church of England bishops to get the laity in the general gynod to vote for women bishops were akin to the Government's attempts to reason with eurosceptics, Sir Tony Baldry has said.
Legislation to allow the creation of female bishops were defeated by just a handful of votes this week, after the general synod's house of the laity failed to reach the two-thirds majority required.
Speaking during an urgent question in the Commons, Sir Tony said: "It was a bit like Government whips trying to talk to the eurosceptics; there were those in the Synod who, whatever the bishops said to them, were just not going to listen."
The issue must be resolved as soon as possible, and not be "parked for the next couple of years, waiting for the next Synod," he added, arguing the Church of England could not afford "to hang about on the issue" because its reputation was at stake.