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Bishops in the House of Lords

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester always have seats in the House of Lords.

Twenty-one of the remaining Diocesan Bishops also sit in the Upper House, and they normally do so according to their dates of seniority. When a vacancy arises, it is filled by the senior Diocesan Bishop without a seat, and the vacated See is placed at the foot of the list of those awaiting seats.

Following the recent Lord’s Spiritual (Women) Act 2015, however, whenever a vacancy arises during the ten years following the act, the position must be filled by a female bishop, if one is eligible.

The Bishop of Sodor and Man and the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe are not eligible to sit in the House of Lords, but the former has a seat in the Upper House of the Tynwald, Isle of Man.

Archbishops

Diocese
Enthroned
Entered the House of Lords
2011
2012
2005
2006

Bishops sitting in the House of Lords

Diocese
Became Diocesan Bishop
Entered the House of Lords
1995
1996
2009
2014
2011
2012
1996
2001
1999
2004
2003
2009
2005
2010
2006
2010
2007
2012
2008
2013
2008
2013
2009
2013
2009
2013
2009
2013
2010
2014
2010
2014
2010
2014
2010
2014
2010
2014
2011
2014
2011
2015
2011
2015
2015
2015
2015
2016

Bishops awaiting seats

Diocese
Became Diocesan Bishop
2014