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Move of bishop from Wells' Bishop's Palace will not be undone

By ruth_ovens_1  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

  • The Church Commissioners have said the decision to move the Bishop of Bath and Wells out of Bishop's Palace would not be retracted

  • Sir Tony Baldry, spokesman for the Church Commissioners, said it would be "disingenuous" of him to say there would be a U-turn of the decision to move the bishop out of Bishop's Palace in Wells

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AT an open meeting earlier today members of the public were left feeling frustrated with the Church Commissioners after their spokesman said the decision to move the bishop from the Bishop’s Palace would not be undone.

In a hall at the Wells Museum local MP Tessa Munt and the Church Commissioners’ parliamentary spokesman Sir Tony Baldry MP met with members of the public to discuss the controversial decision made by the commissioners to move the new Bishop of Bath and Wells out of the palace.

Spokesman Sir Tony said: "It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that the decision is going to be changed."

Sir Tony found himself in a tight spot as he struggled to answer the questions thrown at him by the public.

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Cries of “answer the question” echoed around the hall after numerous people asked why the current flat at the palace is no longer suitable.

The spokesman’s response that the flat was no longer suitable due to Bishop’s Palace’s use as a tourist attraction did little to appease the public.

As the meeting came to a close Dick Acworth, with the support of Ms Munt proposed a motion to have the decision reviewed, stating: “This meeting believes that the Church Commissioners have made a mistake”.

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