BREAKING: Reverend Philip North turns down Bishop of Sheffield post

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Sheffield’s new bishop has turned down his job - admitting his presence in the city would ‘not be acceptable’ because of his opposition to women becoming priests.

The Rt Rev Philip North - who had been expected to be elected as Bishop of Sheffield next month - last night bowed to pressure which has intensified in recent days.

He said he had taken the decision with ‘regret and sadness’ - adding that the ‘highly individualised nature’ of the controversy surrounding him had been ‘extremely hard to bear’.

Another candidate will now have to be found for the role.