It is totally unacceptable to give 12 places with voting rights in a reformed 21st century Second Chamber to bishops in an organisation that still does not give equal rights to women to allow them to become bishops and which has actually contemplated an amendment that would undermine their authority.

An accomplished teacher and linguist, Nia Griffith has been an active trade unionist and community worker. She has been Labour MP for Llanelli since 2005 and is particularly interested in industry and climate change. She is of Irish birth and attended Somerville College, Oxford. Nia proved a very popular speaker at the NSS September 2012 conference.