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End CofE official status, says MP.

Byline: By Jonathan Walker POLITICAL EDITOR

THE Church of England should lose its privileged role as the nation's official religion, according to a Birmingham MP.

Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) called for the disestablishment of the Church of England, in a House of Commons motion.

It follows claims that the CofE has been overtaken by the Roman Catholic Church as the country's dominant Christian denomination.

Disestablishment would probably mean ending the Queen's role as the head of the Church of England and the role of the Prime Minister in selecting senior bishops.

She said: "We are a multi-cultural, secular society.

"I don't think we have a need for an established Church. The Church of England is quite capable of looking after itself.

"It is a nonsense that the Prime Minister appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury.

"The Queen is the head of the Church of England, which means she has to be a member.

"What would be wrong with having a Catholic, a Muslim or an atheist as king or queen?"
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