Glossop-born Libby Lane is first female bishop

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Reverend Libby Lane, who was born in Glossop, has become the first female bishop to be appointed by the Church of England.

Currently Vicar of St Peter’s Church in Hale and St Elizabeth’s in Ashley, she has been announced as the new Bishop of Stockport.

As part of that role, she will also serve as a suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester.

She will be consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at a ceremony at York Minster on January 26 2015.

Speaking at Stockport Town Hall yesterday (Wednesday) after the announcement, she said: “I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting.

“On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be Bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God.”

Mrs Lane succeeds the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, who is now the Bishop of Exeter.