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Bishop Donald in the House of Lords

Photo: Bethany Crisp

Bishop Donald joined the House of Lords in February 2014.

He became one of 26 bishops in the House, who are seen as representing all faith communities and their wider geographical community. He shares, with other bishops, a particular responsibility for being a Church of England spokesperson on prisons and criminal justice, as well as farming and rural affairs.

Reflecting on the role of the Bishops in the Lords, Bishop Donald says: “God’s interested in the whole of life. The Kingdom is not just what happens in church, it’s much bigger than that. Bishops speak from a politically neutral position to try and bring the principles of Christianity to every area of life”.

You can read Bishop Donald's spoken contributions to the House of Lords via the UK Parliament website. They can also be read below (from 2017 onwards).

Proceedings of the House can be viewed live online at parliamentlive.tv/Lords.


Speech on the proposed merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office (including a video of the speech)

Thursday 18th June 2020


Speech on war widows’ pension debate (including a video of the speech)

Tuesday 25th February 2020


Speech as part of development debate (including a video of the speech)

Monday 4th November 2019


Speech on the effectiveness of the government's Apprenticeship Levy

Monday 25th June 2018


Speeches on the former Bishop of Chichester, George Bell, and the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill

Monday 22nd and Friday 26th January 2018


Speech on mental health

Thursday 29th June 2017