The Church of England has been accused of discrimination, given opposition to female vicars and few women in senior roles

The drawn-out, opaque process of choosing the next bishop of London will come to a head next week when the body that manages the appointment holds final interviews. But as inscrutable as the process is, one thing seems certain: the next number three in the Church of England is highly unlikely to be a woman.

The new, 133rd, bishop of London – a job that includes a seat in the House of Lords and membership of the privy council – is expected to be announced early next year, almost 12 months after the most recent incumbent, Richard Chartres, retired.

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