Saturday, 22 February 2014
Women Bishops: electronic voting results
The electronic voting results from this month’s General Synod are now available as pdf files. As all were votes of the whole synod they are arranged by vote (for/against/abstain) and then alphabetically by name.
For convenience I have put the results relevant to women bishops into a spreadsheet arranged by synod number (which brings members together by diocese) for each house and added absentees and vacancies.
There were two votes:
- Item 515: That Clauses 1-6 stand part of the Canon
Many Synod members would have viewed this as a vote on the principle of allowing women to be bishops.
This was carried with 304 votes in favour and 33 against. 45 abstentions were recorded.
- Item 10: a motion to suspend Standing Order 90(b)(iii)
This motion was to allow the reference to the dioceses to be completed in less time than usual so that final approval can be taken at the July 2014 Synod.
This was carried with 358 votes in favour and 39 against. 9 abstentions were recorded.
From the voting lists I have counted the votes in each house.
|item 515 ||For||Against||Abstention
|item 10 ||For||Against||Abstention
At final approval a two-thirds majority will be required in each house for the Women in the Episcopate legislation to be carried.
Here is the full set of electronic voting results:
Tuesday 11 February
Item 515 - Draft Amending Canon No.33 (clauses 1-6)
Item 10 - Motion to suspend SO 90(b)(iii)
Item 519B - The Church Representation Rules Amendment Resolution
Wednesday 12 February
Item 13 - Southwark Diocesan Synod Motion Environmental Issues
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Item 27 - Girl Guides’ Promise
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It looks rather as if the Traditionalist Catholics abstained,and the hard line conservative evangelicals voted against. A weakening of the old policy of co-belligerence that has been evident since Anglican / Methodist reunion...a ray of hope perhaps?
In Chichester, the Bishop abstained on the amending canon while the Anglo Catholic Archdeacon of Chichester, and the conservative and now rather notorious evangelical, Mrs Andrea Minichiello Williams, both voted against.
On the suspension of Standing orders, both the Bishop and Archdeacon voted for, while Mrs Williams again voted against - fighting in the last ditch again.
The first votes are in on the Article 8 reference.
St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocesan Synod this morning (St David's Day - 1st March) voted overwhelmingly to approve the new proposals for women in the episcopate.
Voting figures were:
House of Laity: 62 for, 0 against, 1 abstention;
House of Clergy: 48 for, 0 against, 2 abstentions;
House of Bishops: 1 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions.
Further voting figures on the Article 8 reference from two other diocesan synods that met on 1st March.
Laity: 36 for, 1 against, 3 abstentions
Clergy: 34 for, 3 against, 2 abstentions
Bishops: Bishop of Dorking did not vote but indicated his support (according to diocesan website)
Ripon and Leeds:
Laity: 35 for, 1 against, 2 abstentions
Clergy: 37 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions
Bishops: 1 for, 0 against, 0 abstentions.
Many thanks for this info David. We will publish a post listing all the diocesan results when there are a few more than now, and will then continue to update it over the following several weeks.