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 ForAgainstAbstention


item 10 ForAgainstAbstention

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
Item 27 - Girl Guides’ Promise

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 3:13pm GMT | TrackBack
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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?

Posted by: Perry Butler on Monday, 24 February 2014 at 9:15am GMT

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.

Posted by: Richard Ashby on Monday, 24 February 2014 at 11:11am GMT

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.

Posted by: David Lamming on Saturday, 1 March 2014 at 10:57pm GMT

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.

Posted by: David Lamming on Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 11:15pm GMT

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.

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 11:46pm GMT
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