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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.


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,…

May 2015

Archbishop appoints new lead bishop in the Lords
18 May 2015
The Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart, has been appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Convenor…

March 2015

Archbishop asks government about Nigeria's presidential election
25 March 2015
Written response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Archbishop's question about forthcoming…

February 2015

Archbishop Justin's speech at Think, Pray, Vote conference
21 February 2015
Speech given by Archbishop Justin at the Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote conference in Coventry.

December 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury's speech at APPG hunger report launch
8 December 2014
Archbishop Justin's speech at the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry Report on Hunger…

Archbishop's House of Lords soft power debate - opening speech
5 December 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury's opening speech in the House of Lords debate he is leading today on the…

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