THE Bishop of Durham is expected to highlight welfare and employment issues when he makes his maiden speech in the House of Lords.
The Bishop, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, was due to make his landmark appearance in Parliament this afternoon.
It is expected that the maiden speech will be during the “Debate on the address”, referring to business following the Queen’s speech last week.
The subject being debated is business, employment, pensions, welfare agriculture and the environment.
The Bishop’s speech is expected to be in the area of Welfare and Employment.
The appearance in Whitehall comes nine months after he was ordained as the Bishop of Durham, taking over from the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who is now the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Bishop took up his current role having previously been the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.
In recent months he has visited various community initiatives in Hartlepool and East Durham, including Hartlepool Foodbank and Easington Colliery Methodist Church’s CAFE Together project.
The speech and the debate will be broadcast live at www.parliament.uk