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Wednesday, September 15, 1999 Published at 18:43 GMT 19:43 UK


BBC rap DJ's father dies

Bishop Westwood was well known for his conservative views

The former Bishop of Peterborough and father of Radio 1 rap DJ Tim Westwood, the Rt Rev Bill Westwood, has died aged 73.

The bishop, who retired in 1995, died on Tuesday following a stroke, said the Church of England's Peterborough Diocese spokesman, Paul Needle.

During his career, Bishop Westwood became well known as a media commentator, regularly appearing on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme's Thought for the Day slot and writing newspaper articles.

His 1989 attack on the "idle, whingeing, dishonest" Boswell family of the hit BBC sitcom Bread, while he was a member of the Broadcasting Standards Council, received wide coverage.

DJ son shot

[ image: The bishop's son, rap DJ Tim Westwood, was recently shot]
The bishop's son, rap DJ Tim Westwood, was recently shot
In 1996, an ecclesiastical court ruled that St Peter's Church, in Oundle, Northamptonshire, could erect a gargoyle of the bishop, despite the objection of some parishioners.

He found himself in the media spotlight again after his DJ son was injured in a drive-by shooting in south London.

Bishop Westwood was born in Gloucestershire in December 1925, and grew up in Wrexham, north Wales.

He moved to north London in 1975 when he took up the post of Bishop of Edmonton, and became Bishop of Peterborough nine years later.

Bishop Westwood was theologically and politically conservative, and once described himself as the only bishop to support Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, who lives in East Yorkshire, and his son and daughter.

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