Early day motion 1313

20 YEARS OF WOMEN PRIESTS

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Total number of signatures: 18

Bottomley, Peter Brooke, Annette Caton, Martin Corbyn, Jeremy
Crausby, David Cryer, John Dobbin, Jim Gapes, Mike
George, Andrew Goodman, Helen Gray, James Marsden, Gordon
McDonnell, John Osborne, Sandra Roy, Lindsay Sharma, Virendra
Vaz, Valerie Ward, David

That this House notes that the Church of England has celebrated 20 years since the first women were ordained as priests on 12 March 1994; congratulates the first 32 women who were ordained and led the way for many more women to follow them; welcomes the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury during a service at St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday 3 May 2014 that men and women are equally icons, witnesses, and vessels of Christ for the world; praises the progress that has been made, but also notes that there is still more work to do; and calls on the Government to encourage the Church of England's General Synod to bring in legislation for women bishops to be appointed.