Durham GP Dr Jamie Harrison has been invited to be a member of the steering committee charged with preparing the draft legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England. Dr Jamie Harrison who is chair of the house of laity in Durham Diocese and member of General Synod (The Church of England’s governing body) said: “It is a privilege to have been asked to serve on this important committee. The work that we will undertake is of vital importance to the life of the Church both in Durham and Nationally, we pray for wisdom and courage as we meet together.” The appointment comes following the meeting of the General Synod this month (July 2013) in York. The membership and size of the newly formed Steering Committee reflects the suggestion from the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, urging “facilitated discussions” to continue. Canon David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s director of reconciliation, who guided the facilitated discussions at Synod, helped advise the appointments committee. The Committee will meet a number of times in September and October to prepare the draft legislation for consideration at the November meeting of the Synod . The size and membership of the Committee will be reviewed by the Appointments Committee after this initial phase of work.