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Bishop of Lincoln joins House of Lords

Christopher Lowson has become one of the 26 'Lords Spiritual' - a group of Bishops in the Second chamber of parliament.

He was formally introduced by two Bishops who 'overtook' him in the queue to join the House of Lords to achieve a gender balance.

He presented his Writ of Summons - a formal piece of paper allowing him to join the Lords - and then took the parliamentary oath, swearing allegiance to the Queen.

Bishop of Gloucester, Rt Rev Rachel Treweek and Bishop of Newcastle, Rt Rev Christine Hardman led a cheerful Bishop Lowson to his seat and sat either side of him.

The Bishop smiled and shook hands with the people around him.

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