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Identity of new bishop revealed

Bishop of Aston
Revd Andrew Watson previously worked in the Diocese of London

The new Bishop of Aston has been announced by Downing Street.

The position, one of the most senior in the Birmingham Diocese, was given to the Reverend Andrew Watson.

The new bishop will work with the Bishop of Birmingham in leading the Church of England across the city and surrounding areas.

Mr Watson, who succeeds the Right Reverend John Austin, who died in 2007, was previously vicar at St Stephen's Church in East Twickenham, London.

'Outstanding' record

Mr Watson said: "I am very pleased to be moving to Birmingham and to becoming part of a forward-looking international city at a very important time in its history"

Bishop David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, said: "Andrew brings with him wide experience, which includes working in some of the more challenging areas of London.

"His track record in both Notting Hill and Twickenham is outstanding."

Mr Watson will be consecrated as a Bishop in St Paul's Cathedral in October.

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