Rector loses employment tribunal case

A former Church of England Rector has today lost his employment tribunal claim against the bishop and diocese of Worcester. The Revd Mark Sharpe, former Rector of the Teme Valley South benefice near Tenbury Wells, alleged that the bishop and diocese had failed to protect…

Council and councillor join battle in court over prayers

The practice of saying prayers at the start of council meetings is akin to councillors’ reading pornographic or racist material, lawyers for the National Secular Society (NSS) told the High Court last Friday. The NSS and the former Bideford town councillor Clive Bone brought judicial-review…

Judge must decide on priests’ employment status

A former rector, the Revd Mark Sharpe, will have to wait up to three months before he finds out whether he can bring a case of constructive dismissal against the Bishop and diocese of Worcester. The chairman of an employment tribunal, A. J. McCarry, told…

Former Worcestershire rector takes bishop to employment tribunal

Gavin Drake reports on the case before an Employment Tribunal of Rev Mark Sharpe who was forced to leave his Worcestershire parish. The outcome of the case could change the status of clergy within the Church of England. The Sunday Programme, BBC Radio 4

QC: ‘Spirit of Trollope is alive’

A leading ecclesiastical lawyer has suggested that “the spirit of Trollope is alive and well in the Church of England.” Geoffrey Tattersall QC made the admission on the second day of a week-long preliminary hearing at an employ­ment tribunal in Birmingham. The tribunal, chaired by…

MPs investigate whether UK Christians are marginalised

A committee of MPs are quizing senior church reprepsentatives about whether Christians face discrimination.  The cross party group is chaired by the Conservative MP Gary Streeter and the inquiry has been inspired by well publicised cases in which Christians have apparently been discriminated against in…