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Ep 22: Bishops in the Lords - Dick Taverne interview

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2020

Emma Park and Dick Taverne

Is it time to remove Church of England bishops' automatic right to sit in the House of Lords? Liberal Democrat peer Dick Taverne is introducing a private members' bill – drafted with the NSS's assistance – to do just that.

Emma Park travels to Westminster to interview Dick about why it's time to abolish the bishops' bench and reform the House of Lords, why constitutional reforms can take such a long time, and why the UK is still not a secular country.

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Peer proposes bill to abolish bishops' bench in House of Lords

The NSS campaign to separate church and state

Public want religion kept out of politics – The Times

'House of Lords (Removal of Bishops) Bill' in the House of Lords ballot

Dick Taverne, Baron Taverne, QC

Odo, Bishop of Bayeux

In the latest NSS podcast Emma Park asks Lib Dem peer Dick Taverne why he's introduced a bill to scrap the bishops' bench in the House of Lords. Listen and subscribe:
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