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Archbishops of Canterbury have been members of the House of Lords by virtue of their office since parliament first began many centuries ago. In today's Lords there are two types of member - the Lords Temporal (usually known simply as Peers) and the Lords Spiritual (the two archbishops and 24 most senior bishops of the Church of England). The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior member of the Lords, being the first member entitled to take the oath of allegiance at the start of a new parliament after the Lord Speaker.

See further information on the Lords Spiritual and the Church of England in Parliament at the Church of England website.


October 2017

Archbishop welcomes crossbench peerage for Bishop Richard Chartres
12 October 2017
The Archbishop of Canterbury has warmly welcomed the announcement by 10 Downing Street that the former…

June 2017

Archbishop preaches at service for the new Parliament
28 June 2017
Read the Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon at the Service for the New Parliament at St Margaret's, Westminster,…

March 2017

European Union: Archbishop of Canterbury's speech in Lords debate
7 March 2017
Read the Archbishop's speech in the Lords today during the Report stage of the European Union (Notification…

February 2017

Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on child refugees
9 February 2017
Responding to the government's announcement on child refugees and the Dubs Amendment, Archbishop Justin…

December 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury's speech in Lords debate on UK values
2 December 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby led a debate in the House of Lords today on the shared values underpinning our…

March 2016

Archbishop urges more Government support for unaccompanied children at Calais 'Jungle' camp
1 March 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby said in the Lords that compassion must trump "administrative efficiency".

December 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury's speech on Syria
2 December 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby's speech in today's Lords debate on UK military intervention in Syria.

November 2015

Archbishop responds to Prime Minister's statement on Syria
26 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby responded in the House of Lords today to the Prime Minister's statement on extending…

September 2015

'Disagreeing well on Europe': Church launches new EU website
1 September 2015
Archbishop writes first post on new website seeking ‘new ways of disagreeing well on Europe’.

June 2015

Archbishop preaches at service for new Parliament
9 June 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached today at the Service for the New Parliament at St Margaret's Church,…

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