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UK news in brief

05 June 2015

Tributes paid to Charles Kennedy

TRIBUTES have been paid to Charles Kennedy, a former leader of the Liberal Democrats, who led the party to its best election result in 2005. He died suddently at home on Monday, aged 55. A statement from the Church of Scotland described him as "one of the most talented politicians of his generation" who would be remembered as "one of the strongest voices opposing the UK's entry to the Iraq War".


Priests convicted of indecent assault

A FORMER Chaplain to the Queen, the Revd Stephen Palmer, has been convicted of indecent assault. He was most recently Priest-in-Charge of St Congan's, Turriff, in Aberdeen & Orkney diocese. Between 1974 and 2009, he served in the diocese of Portsmouth. This week, a spokesman for the diocese said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim." Last week, a retired priest, the Revd Graham Gregory, was jailed for three years for indecently assaulting a young girl more than 40 years ago. He served in Southwark, Chichester, Sodor & Man, and Southwell & Nottingham, and had permission to officiate in York from 1988 to 2009.


New formation for Eastern Region principal

THE Ministry Division's new Head of Formation will be Canon Ian McIntosh, it was announced on Tuesday. A new post, it involves partnership with and support for DDOs and the principals and staff of theological education institutions. Canon McIntosh is currently Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course. He will take up the post in September.

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