25 Apr 2013

The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Lord Bishop of Truro and Chair of The Children’s Society’s Board of Trustees, is to take-up a seat in the House of Lords from 22 April 2013. In this role, Bishop Tim will be able to raise issues that he is concerned about in the House of Lords, participate in debates and suggest amendments on and vote on legislation. 

As chair of trustees for The Children’s Society, Bishop Tim will be a powerful advocate in Parliament for children and in particular those facing harm, poverty and neglect.

During his tenure he will be urging the government and those in power to help support the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Bishop Tim says: 'I am delighted to have this chance to influence important debates and rulings in Parliament. I will have a keen focus on issues which affect disadvantaged children and will aim to act as a voice for them in the House of Lords.'

Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, Matthew Reed said: 'This is a great opportunity for The Children’s Society and we welcome the appointment of Bishop Tim to the House of Lords. We are facing increasingly difficult and austere times, and in hard times children are affected the most. We will work together with Bishop Tim to communicate a stronger national vision to value children with the right policies to support disadvantaged children across the country.'

Media enquiries

For more information, please call Jemma Mahon, Media Officer on 020 7841 4520 or email media@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.