Bishop at anti-trafficking campaign

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Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Church of England’s first woman bishop will make her first official public appearance since she was ordained today.

The Rev Libby Lane is due to launch a campaign against human trafficking at Manchester Airport.

Airport staff will be given training to identify vulnerable passengers and look out for typical signs of trafficking as part of the Travel Safe Week initiative.

She made history last month when she was ordained as the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service at York Minster.

The two-hour service was briefly disrupted by a lone protester against the move to end centuries of all male leadership in the Church.

Bishop Lane, who has worked in the dioceses of Blackburn, York and Chester, said she was “thrilled” at the amount of support she had received since she was named as the new bishop last month.

The announcement of Mrs Lane’s appointment came a month after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women bishops.

Previous proposals in favour of women bishops were brought down by traditionalists a year earlier.

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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