Gloucestershire

Bishop of Gloucester stands down with immediate effect

The Right Rev Michael Perham
Image caption The Right Reverend Michael Perham became Bishop of Gloucester in 2004

The Bishop of Gloucester has stood down with immediate effect "for personal reasons".

The Right Reverend Michael Perham was due to retire in November after almost a decade in the role.

In a statement, The Diocese of Gloucester confirmed Bishop Michael had "stepped back" from his ministry.

He had announced his retirement last November, saying the "time was right for him and his family".

A special service was due to take place on 8 November to celebrate his time as Bishop of Gloucester.

Church officials said they "did not know" whether this was still going ahead or not.

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