John Sentamu peerage ‘imminent’ after apparent snub
The former archbishop of York is expected to be imminently appointed to the House of Lords after the government was accused of “institutional prejudice” having not granted him an automatic place in the upper chamber.
John Sentamu became the first black archbishop in the Church of England when he was enthroned in York Minster in 2005, a position he formally stepped down from last June.
However while his predecessor David Hope and the last two Archbishops of Canterbury were offered lifetime seats in the Lords once their service came to an end, no such position was announced for Mr Sentamu in the latest string of government nominations — a list that included cricketer Ian Botham and the prime minister’s own brother, Jo Johnson.
The former archbishop’s omission drew anger from across the political spectrum following a report in The Sunday Times that he had not been admitted to keep the number of peers in the Lords down.
However a Whitehall source told the PA news agency that Mr Sentamu’s peerage was “imminent” and that the delay was due to a procedural hold up with the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
His successor, Stephen Cottrell, who was enthroned as the 98th Archbishop of York on Sunday, tweeted: “Disturbed to find out today that whether it be through negligence or intent my predecessor + Sentamu has not been given the peerage that has been the custom for many years.
“I trust this will soon be rectified. The House of Lords will benefit from his voice.”
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