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Sentamu Archbishop of York


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The second most senior cleric in the Church of England after Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Uganda-born Dr Sentamu is seen by many as the obvious frontrunner to take over the top slot when Williams stands down in December 2012. Dr Sentamu’s career as a high court judge in Uganda ended in 1974 when he fled to Britain after falling foul of Idi Amin. In 1996, he was consecrated bishop of Stepney. He came to public notice when he served as an adviser on the Stephen Lawrence judicial enquiry and chaired the Damilola Taylor review. He is a plain-speaking, passionate social activist who puts himself at the heart of key issues such as gay Anglican clergymen and Zimbabwean politics – four years ago he famously took a scissors to his dog collar during a live TV interview with Andrew Marr, saying that he would not replace it until Robert Mugabe had ceded power. Dr Sentamu also made several incisive comments about London’s summer riots of 2011 when he appeared on Question Time. The Archbishop’s key focus continues to be on tackling inequality and issues such as youth unemployment.


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