THE Secretary of the Church Commissioners, Andrew Brown,
expressed "great sadness" at the death of the former Second Church
Estates Commissioner, Sir Stuart Bell MP, on Saturday.
Sir Stuart (right), the Labour MP for Middlesbrough,
served as Second Commissioner from 1997 to 2010. He died from
pancreatic cancer, aged 74.
Mr Brown said: "Sir Stuart was the longest serving Second Church
Estates Commissioner, and served both the Church Commissioners and
the Church of England with distinction. Before stepping down
following the last election, he regularly answered questions on
Church matters in the House of Commons, covering a wide range of
topics. He was a man of wisdom and integrity; he will be much
missed. Sir Stuart's family remain in our thoughts and
Sir Stuart steered 18 Church of England Measures through
Parliament, and answered more than 900 parliamentary questions. He
fought for Church Commissioners' Questions to be retained when it
looked likely to be sidelined as the parliamentary timetable came
The Prime Minister said that Sir Stuart was "one of Parliament's
great characters". The Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, spoke
of his efforts for many causes, and called his death a "huge
Obituary to follow.