The City of Wells made history today when local MP Tessa Munt presented a petition of more than two thousand signatures to the General Synod of the Church of England on the first day of its meeting at Church House, Westminster.
The petition was based on the wording of a motion proposed by the Venerable Dick Acworth and supported overwhelmingly by those at a packed meeting in Wells just over a fortnight ago. Tessa had called the meeting in order that local people could make their views known to Sir Tony Baldry, the Second Church Estates Commissioner.
The petition calls for the Church Commissioners to pause, to allow the new Bishop to move into the Bishop’s Palace in Wells and for the Commissioners to reconsider and to consult widely before making a final decision on the Bishop’s accommodation.
Speaking from Westminster, Tessa said:
“This is an important day in the campaign to ask the Church Commissioners to listen to the people they are here to represent, but it’s by no means the end!
I plan to present another petition to Parliament tomorrow and have tabled a further Parliamentary Question of Sir Tony Baldry, who represents the Church Commissioners in Parliament.
Furthermore, I have re-opened the petition on my website since it exceeded the target of 1,500 signatures. I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to sign and share the petition so far.
I am meeting with Members of Synod this evening in Parliament to discuss how we can progress this campaign – I think everyone would be shocked if this petition does not provoke a public statement from the Church Commissioners.”
Tessa will update everyone who has contacted her as the campaign progresses. If anyone would like to request updates, please email or write to her.
10th February 2014