Retired bishop of London appointed life peer

Wed 22 Nov 2017
By Press Association

The former bishop of London has returned to the House of Lords after his appointment as a life peer.

The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, who retired in March this year, will sit as an independent crossbencher.

Lord Chartres, 70, was flanked by supporters Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve and Lord Luce as he swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen.

As bishop of London, he was one of the 26 senior members of the Church of England, known as the Lords Spiritual, entitled to sit on the red benches of the unelected upper house. Others include the Archbishops of Canterbury and of York.

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