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Andrew Selous named as link between CofE and Parliament

by Marcus Jones

Conservative MP Andrew Selous has been announced as the new link between the Church of England and Parliament.

The member for South West Bedfordshire will represent the Church in the House of Commons as part of his role as Second Church Estates Commissioner.

He takes over from Dame Caroline Spelman who stood down at the last election.

Welcoming him to the role, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: "I am delighted that Andrew will be taking on this role. 

"The Church of England seeks to be a hope-filled presence in every community across the country as we live out Jesus’ call to love and serve our neighbours. Andrew’s extensive parliamentary experience will help build and maintain fruitful relationships with MPs as the Church carries out its mission to serve the common good. 

"I look forward to working with Andrew and pray for God’s blessing and guidance as he prepares for these responsibilities. I also pray with gratitude for Dame Caroline Spelman, whose work as Second Church Estates Commissioner was greatly valued."

As part of his role he will answer questions from MPs about Church of England matters in the House of Commons. He'll become a member of Parliament's Ecclesiastical Committee and will steer Church of England legislation through the House of Commons. 

Commenting on his new role, Andrew Selous, said: "I am delighted and honoured to undertake this role as I have a strong belief in the role the Church plays in society, making a unique contribution to our national life. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and building links with my fellow parliamentarians to further the considerable work of the Church nationally."

Mr Selous has previously served as a prisons minister and has been an MP since 2001.

He attends St Mary the Virgin, Studham, and his family are also active worshipping members in the community of The Vineyard, St Albans.

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