Dr. John Sentamu is to be given a life peerage “imminently” after outrage Britain’s first black archbishop was not given one automatically, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
According to the Daily Mail, Britain’s first black archbishop was held back from being given a life peerage because officials wanted to make sure he was not criticised in an abuse inquiry. Peerage is the system of giving people titles like ‘Lord or the Duchess of whatever.’
“The honour for the respected clergyman was delayed by the House of Lords Appointments Commission (Holac), which vets nominations,” the Daily Mail reported, adding that approval was held back while the Church of England was being examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
‘There was never any suggestion that the archbishop was involved in the scandal or in covering it up. But he was a senior figure in the Church which was subject to an ongoing process. That is why there has been a delay,’ a source said.
Africa Tembelea understands that the peerage list announced in July and had snubbed Dr. Sentamu, 71, included ex-Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox, a former communist, the Prime Minister’s brother Jo Johnson and Sir Ian Botham.
Stephen Lowe, the former Bishop of Hulme, told Times Radio Sentamu was a ‘remarkable man’, adding that, “He has never been afraid to speak out against racism, against poverty, against injustice.”
‘Probably the greatest CoE Bishop in my lifetime. This is racism pure and simple,’ Labour MP Alex Sobel tweeted.
He added: ‘He has never been afraid to speak out against racism, against poverty, against injustice.’
Lord Newby, the Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Lords, said No 10 was ‘stuffing the Lords with people who don’t deserve to stand in Sentamu’s shadow’.
However, a source added: ‘Everyone recognises his great contribution, and the peerage was never in doubt.’ It will allow Dr. Sentamu to continue sitting in the House of Lords following his retirement in June.