The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Richard Harries, has been made a life peer
in the House of Lords, Downing Street announced last week. He will sit as a
crossbencher. Bishop Harries retires today.
The late Lord Sheppard of Liverpool, was the last bishop to be appointed a
life peer; he sat on the Labour bench. On retirement, bishops automatically
retire from the Lords; archbishops who retire are generally appointed as Lords
in their own right, and sit as crossbenchers.