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Are Church of England bishops allowed to vote in the general election?

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The place of 26 bishops in the House of Lords is not without controversy.

They are there by right and the Church of England, by virtue of its status as the established religion, is the only denomination, Christian or otherwise, to have guaranteed representation in parliament.

But another controversy surrounds whether bishops in the Lords can vote.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is one of the Church of England’s 26 bishops in the House of LordsParliamentlive.tv

Technically the Lords Spiritual, as they are officially known, are the only peers who can vote in general elections.

Under a convention stretching back to the 17th century, no member of the House of Lords can vote to elect representatives in the House of Commons as they themselves can already sit in Parliament.

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