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Bishop of Gloucester to be lord

Bishop Michael Perham
Michael Perham was appointed Bishop of Gloucester in 2004

The Bishop of Gloucester has been appointed to the House of Lords, it has been announced.

Michael Perham joins the Lords Spiritual after the retirement of the Bishop of Portsmouth.

He will join 25 other Church of England clerics, including the Archbishops of York and Canterbury.

He said: "It's an honour and a privilege to speak for the Church and to speak for Gloucestershire in Parliament."

Bishop Perham received the news in a letter from the Queen this week, although an exact date for his joining the House is yet to be decided.

Under current Lords rules, the 25th longest serving diocesan bishop becomes a peer.

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