Ric Thorpe announced to be the new Bishop of Islington

We congratulate Ric Thorpe on his appointment as the new Bishop of Islington, announced by Downing Street this morning.

Ric will become only the second Bishop of Islington; the post lapsed in the 1920s after just one appointment. This appointment is to a completely new and pioneering role.

Bishop Ric will not be a local bishop in the usual way. Islington's parishes and clergy remain under the oversight of the Bishop of Stepney.

Instead, the new Bishop of Islington will have a role in the national church, drawing on the capital's experience and enabling other dioceses to replicate the kind of growth that the Church of England in London has seen for two decades.