Government & Parliament
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.
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…
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…
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…
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".
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.
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…
'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’.
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,…
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…
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…