Sir Tony given special honour by diocese

Sir Tony Baldry  and his wife Pippa at Bloxham Faith Festival  credit Kt Bruce
Sir Tony Baldry and his wife Pippa at Bloxham Faith Festival credit Kt Bruce

There was further evidence this week that retirement as an MP won’t see Sir Tony Baldry settle for a life of 
slippers and watching 
television box sets...

The MP for North Oxfordshire is Second Church Estates Commissioner and will become a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral next month, in recognition of the service he has given Oxford Diocese over the years.

Sir Tony is one of six people to be recognised and will be installed at a special Evensong service at the cathedral on Saturday, January 31, at 6pm.

He said: “I consider it a great privilege to have been made a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral.

“I have much enjoyed being the link between Parliament and the Church of England in my role as Second Church Estates Commissioner. I was particularly glad that we were able to get through Parliament the legislation to enable women to become bishops.

“I haven’t been able to double check but I think I may be the first Second Church Estates Commissioner to have become a Lay Canon during my time as commissioner.

“I’m also looking forward to starting a new task in the Church of England, chairing the Church Buildings Council which is the statutory body which looks after the repair, restoration and maintenance of all parish churches in England.”