David Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes

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The Rt Revd and Rt Hon
The Lord Hope of Thornes
Archbishop of York
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of York
Installed 8 December 1995
Term ended 28 February 2005 (retirement)
Predecessor John Habgood
Successor John Sentamu
Ordination 1965 (deacon); 1966 (priest)
Consecration 1985
Personal details
Born (1940-04-14) 14 April 1940 (age 75)
Denomination Anglican
Previous post Bishop of London
Bishop of Wakefield
Alma mater University of Nottingham

David Michael Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes, KCVO, PC (born 14 April 1940) is a British life peer and retired Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Wakefield between 1985 and 1991, and the Bishop of London between 1991 and 1995. From 1995 to 2005, he was the Archbishop of York in the Church of England.[1] In March 2005, he was made a life peer and therefore a member of the House of Lords; he had already sat in the house as a Lord Spiritual when he was a bishop. He retired from the Lords in April 2015.

Early career[edit]

Hope was ordained deacon in 1965 and priest in 1966. He was the Principal of St Stephen's House, an Anglo-Catholic theological college in Oxford, from 1974 until 1982. He was Vicar of All Saints, Margaret Street, an Anglo-Catholic church in the West End of London from 1982 to 1985.

Hope became the Bishop of Wakefield from 1985 and then the Bishop of London from 1991. Hope was Master of the Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham from 1982 to 1993.

Archbishop of York[edit]

Hope was enthroned as Archbishop of York on 8 December 1995.[2] After Peter Tatchell alleged in the same year that Hope was gay as part of a much criticised OutRage! "outing" campaign,[3][4] Hope said that his sexuality is "a grey area" and that he had "sought to lead a celibate life" and is "perfectly happy and content".[citation needed] On 26 October 1995 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO),[5] an honour in the personal gift of the Queen. Hope was one of four English bishops who declined to sign the Cambridge Accord, an attempt in 1999 to find agreement on affirming certain human rights of homosexuals, notwithstanding differences within the church on the morality of homosexual behaviour.[6] On 30 June 2004, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and on behalf of all 114 Anglican bishops, he wrote to Tony Blair expressing deep concern about Government policy and criticising the coalition troops' conduct in Iraq. The letter cited the abuse of Iraqi detainees, which was described as having been "deeply damaging", and stated that the government's apparent double standards "diminish the credibility of western governments". (BBC) (The Scotsman). Hope conducted a series of disciplinary hearings involving errant clergy within his province.

On 1 August 2004 it was announced that Hope would step down as archbishop to become a parish priest at St Margaret's Church in Ilkley. He did so on 28 February 2005.

Later years[edit]

In recognition of his contribution to the church, Downing Street announced on 25 January 2005 that Hope was to be created a Life Peer;[7] the title was gazetted as Baron Hope of Thornes, of Thornes in the County of West Yorkshire, on 6 April 2005 (dated 31 March 2005).[8] On 4 August 2006 he was appointed to the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved for a period of five years.[9] On 10 September 2006, Hope announced his resignation as Vicar of St Margaret's, Ilkley, owing to ill health. He stated that he intended to continue to work a three-day week at St Margaret's until the end of 2006, but after that would serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford (and later in the successor Diocese of Leeds.) On 1 October 2007 it was announced that he would also serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe;[10] that license lapsed in 2012. Hope has also been an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn since 2008.

In April 2013, it was reported that in 1999 and 2003, Hope had been made aware of allegations of child sexual abuse against a former Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington. Hope removed Waddington's right to officiate at services but did not refer Waddington to the authorities because of his ill health.[11] Following the 2014 report of the Cahill Inquiry, Hope resigned his post as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Leeds on 27 October 2014.[12] He retired from the House of Lords on 30 April 2015.[13]

Styles and titles[edit]

  • David Hope Esq (1940–1965)
  • Dr David Hope (1965)
  • The Revd Dr David Hope (1965–1985)
  • The Rt Revd Dr David Hope (1985–1991)
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr David Hope (1991–1995)
  • The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr David Hope KCVO (1995–2005)
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Hope of Thornes KCVO (2005–present)


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54149. p. 12103. 6 September 1995. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  2. ^ Abide with me: the world of Victorian hymns – Bradley, Ian C. – p. 232
  3. ^ http://www.rainbow.at/news/1056532440 Rainbow (german)
  4. ^ "David Hope's triumph of faith". Yorkshire Post. 11 November 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54202. p. 14877. 3 November 1995. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Cambridge Accord (with UK signatories and refusals to sign)". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57551. p. 1377. 4 February 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57605. p. 4469. 6 April 2005. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58062. p. 10685. 4 August 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Former Archbishop Accepts New Role in Europe". Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2007. 
  11. ^ Batty, David (10 May 2013). "Church of England facing new child abuse allegations". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Lord Hope ends formal ministry after Cahill Inquiry findings
  13. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/retired-lords/ Retired members of the House of Lords

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Colin James
Bishop of Wakefield
Succeeded by
Nigel McCulloch
Preceded by
Graham Leonard
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Richard Chartres
Preceded by
John Habgood
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
John Sentamu
Academic offices
Preceded by
Derek Allen
Principal of St Stephen's House, Oxford
Succeeded by
David Thomas