C of E Laity chairman survives vote 21 January 2013
The conservative head of the Church of England's house of laity has survived a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
Nearly 150 people attended a debate on Friday over Dr Philip Giddings' chairmanship following his speech against the draft measure to introduce women bishops at General Synod in November.
Canon Stephen Barney of Leicester, who proposed the motion, accused Dr Giddings of killing support for the women bishops' amendment and undermining the Archbishop-elect of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Canon Barney said that the speech by Dr Giddings, who is the convenor of the conservative evangelical group Anglican Mainstream, did not represent the views of the House of Laity.
Dr Giddings denied using his position as a platform for his own agenda but after the debate said: "Clearly there is a substantial minority of the House who do not have confidence. I ... will take careful advice from colleagues about how we proceed from here."
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