Most of the public think those who sit in the House of Lords and vote on laws should be elected, and 70 per cent of Christians believe it is wrong that some C of E Bishops are given automatic seats in parliament, an ICM poll shows.
There are 26 Church of England bishops sitting in the House of Lords as of right. They have been there since the time of Henry VIII - a constitutional set-up that leaves us in the inglorious company of Iran... and very few others.
In a dramatic development, the House of Lords has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnerships. Peers voted in favour of the proposal by 93 votes to 21, despite government opposition.