By Tim Walker, Telegraph

The Queen has appointed an outspoken critic of women bishops to be her new chaplain.

As the Church of England’s General Synod prepares to give final approval to the appointment of women bishops, opponents of the move have been given a morale boost.

Mandrake can disclose that the Queen has appointed one of the most outspoken critics of women bishops as her chaplain.

“It’s almost like a nod of approval by the Royal family and Church of England to receive this honour,” claims the Rev Preb Paul Lockett. “It shows that they still see the traditionalist voice as an important one that ought to be heard.”

He adds: “I will keep speaking about my traditionalist views, and making sure they’re heard. I can only say what I believe, and we need to make sure there is a code of practice and respect that fits with the authority a bishop should have, which can be done only when the bishop is male.”

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