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UK news in brief

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08 February 2013

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All lit up: a chorister at Newcastle Cathedral sings at a service last Saturday, on Candlemas Day, to celebrate the completion of a new sound and lighting system

All lit up: a chorister at Newcastle Cathedral sings at a service last Saturday, on Candlemas Day, to celebrate the completion of a new sound and li...

Lord Falconer to table assisted-dying Bill in Lords

A PRIVATE Member's Bill will be tabled in the House of Lords in the summer which would legalise assisted suicide in some circumstances. The Bill will be tabled by Lord Falconer, who chaired the Commission on Assisted Dying ( News, Comment, 6 January 2012). It would allow relatives of terminally ill people to travel with them to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland, or to help them to take an overdose at home. Lord Falconer spoke at a debate on assisted dying last year, organised by the Christian Evidence Society ( News, 26 October).

New Church of Ireland bishops appointed

THE Revd Ferran Glenfield, Rector of Hillsborough Parish, in Down, has been elected as the new Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh, it was announced on Monday. Mr Glenfield succeeds the Rt Revd Ken Clarke, who is now director of SAMS Ireland. Last month, the Archdeacon of Meath & Kildare, the Ven. Leslie Stevenson, was elected as the new Bishop of the largely rural united diocese. After the announcement of his election, he said: "I am looking forward to working in a rural diocese which I have come to know so well."

Woman who harassed cleric is given warning

A WOMAN from North Walsham, Norfolk, Maureen Peace, was given a 12-month community order last month, banning her from contacting the Rector of Spixworth, the Revd Keith Rengert. Miss Peace, who is 50, had breached a restraining order, and a previous community order, banning her from contacting Mr Rengert (News, 7 September). She had pleaded guilty to harassing the cleric after he conducted her mother's funeral, when he was Assistant Curate of North Walsham and Edingthrope. Miss Peace was warned that she would go to prison if further breaches occurred.

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