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Bishop addresses Lords one last time

by Michael Ford last modified 14 Jun, 2021 12:43 PM

Bishop Nicholas has had a busy week, making his last speech in the House of Lords, recording a sermon for the BBC Local Radio's national Sunday Service and speaking at a live streamed event at Truro Cathedral in advance of the G7.

Bishop addresses Lords one last time

Photo courtesy Church in Parliament

Speaking into the second reading of the Environment Bill (click here) the Bishop said:

"It has been a privilege to make a small contribution to the workings of this House and to pray for this one small room in God’s big house. I thank your Lordships for your purposeful and expert collaboration and companionship. I thank the staff of the House for their unfailing helpfulness and courteousness, and the former and present Lord Speakers and their deputies. I wish your Lordships well in your consideration of this crucial Bill and will continue to pray for you in all your deliberations."

Lord Lexden, the Deputy Speaker in the Lords responded:

"I am sure the House would wish me to express thanks and best wishes to the right reverend Prelate."

Next to speak was Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, who praised Bishop Nicholas, saying:

"As we joined the House more or less at the same time, I have watched with admiration his excellent contributions and the leadership he has shown. I speak as a member of the Rural Affairs Group of the Church of England.

"Once again, today the right reverend Prelate has set out the key aspects of concern in the Bill, not just to those of faith but to all noble Lords and to the general public, while identifying its spiritual elements too.

"I would add in passing that I think all owe a debt of gratitude to his leadership and pastoral care in the dreadful incidents of poisoning in his diocese. Before that, he served with great distinction as vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields from 1995 to 2011. I am sure that those there will be forever grateful. I pay tribute to his work at that time in the restoration project, where he initiated and led a £36 million buildings renewal project, which will be a lasting legacy of his tireless work.

"The House of Lords has benefited from his wise counsel and his championing of nature and the environment. We all wish him every possible future happiness and hope that he will continue the good fight for nature and the environment."

In a good hearted debate, Lord Cormack added:

"I also echo the eloquent words of my noble friend Lady McIntosh and wish the right reverend Prelate every possible happiness and success in what I trust will be a long, active and healthy retirement. I am slightly surprised that such a young man should retire!"

The Church in Parliament tweeted a link to the official record.


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