18 Jan 2010

Scottish church votes for male bishop

2:59 pm on 18 January 2010

The Anglican Church in Scotland has voted against electing Britain's first female bishop, with a majority of an electoral synod of clergy and church members choosing a more experienced male candidate.

Reverend Alison Peden, 57, was the first woman to be shortlisted to become a bishop since the Scottish Church voted to consecrate women in 2003. There were three candidates.

Reverend Gregor Duncan, 59, who is already dean of Glasgow and Galloway, was elected.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is the third-largest Christian Church in Scotland with about 39,000 members.