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First female bishop gets PM's vote

The first female bishop appointed to the Church of England has insisted she is not just a "gesture".

In a historic move ending centuries of all-male leadership in the Church, the Rev Libby Lane has been named as the new Bishop of Stockport. The announcement comes a month after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women bishops.

Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the "historic appointment" as an "important day for equality", and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said he was "absolutely delighted".

Mrs Lane said: "This announcement has been a long time coming and I'm extremely honoured to be nominated as the first bishop in the Church of England."

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