Women bishop row compromise plan fails in synod vote


A bid by two of the Church of England's most senior clerics to avert a split over women bishops has narrowly failed.

A general synod vote went against compromise proposals, offering safeguards for objectors, put forward by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

They were backed by a majority of the houses of bishops and laity, but not of the House of Clergy.

Robert Pigott reports.