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UK news in brief

01 February 2013

Bishop Jones to retire from Liverpool

THE Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones (above), will retire on his 65th birthday in August, it was announced on Monday. Bishop Jones was appointed to the post in 1998, and is a member of the House of Lords. In a letter to the diocese, Bishop Jones said that the willingness of parishes to "rethink and to reshape our common life for the service of others" had been "inspiring". It had been a "privilege" to serve the wider community, "not least in chairing the Hillsborough Independent Panel" ( News, 14 September; Comment, 21 September). After a farewell service at Liverpool Cathedral on 3 July, the Bishop will move to Yorkshire.

Jail for woman who assaulted Exeter Canon

A WOMAN who assaulted the Canon Precentor of Exeter Cathedral, Canon Carl Turner, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison last week for assault and criminal damage. Exeter Magistrates' Court heard that the woman, Sharon Thornton, 39, had been drinking, shouting, and swearing on the cathedral green in August. She hit Canon Turner in the face after he went to speak to her.

Government to appeal against CRB ruling

THE Court of Appeal has ruled that a law that requires people to disclose previous convictions to employers is a breach of human rights. A spokesman for the Government said: "We are disappointed by this judgment, and are seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court." Earlier this month, the Home Office announced that a new "portable" criminal-records check would be brought in by the end of this year ( News, 11 January).

St Michael's College, Llandaff, appoints new Dean

THE Revd Dr Mark Clavier, who has dual British-US citizenship, has been appointed Dean of Residential Training at St Michael's College, Llandaff. Dr Clavier, who is 42, served in parishes in Maryland and North Carolina before moving to England five years ago. Since then, he has served as a house-for-duty priest in County Durham, and as Priest-in-Charge of three churches in Oxford diocese. Dr Clavier will take up the post after Easter.

Professor Robin Gill appointed editor of Theology

THE Revd Professor Robin Gill has been appointed editor of the journal Theology, SPCK announced last Friday. "The November/December 2013 issue will complete a five-year editorship under the Revd Dr Stephen Plant, with Professor Gill's first issue appearing in January 2014," a statement said. Professor Gill said that he hoped to encourage "links between theology and the arts", and to publish articles "by younger as well as more experienced authors". He said that he hoped "to have regular features on the latest trends in various disciplines within theology".

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