Politics 20 November 2012 Church of England votes against anointing women bishops Win for traditionalists at the general synod. Print HTML After seven hours of discussion today - and several years before that - the Church of England has voted not to allow women to become bishops. The general Synod today met at Church House in London to discuss the contentious issue. Eventually, the vote was won among the clergy and bishops, but lost among the laity. It needed a two-thirds majority in all three houses to pass. As reformer Giles Fraser, former canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, put it: Church of England Synod = pathetic. — Giles Fraser (@giles_fraser) November 20, 2012 However, Richard Coles was more sanguine: OK. Deep breath. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Everything else is secondary. — Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) November 20, 2012 › Here's some abortion science for Maria Miller The assembly hall at Church House today. Photo: Getty Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. Subscribe More Related articles Metro mayors can help Labour return to government How the Brexit referendum has infantilised British politics Vote Leave have won two referendums. Can they win a third?