Ex-Archbishop deserves peerage in year of ‘black lives matter’ – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Ben Fuller, Larch Rise, Easingwold, York.

Should Dr John Sentamu, the former Archbishop of York, be made a life peer?

IT was good to see many people from Yorkshire recognised in the delayed Queen’s Birthday Honours List (The Yorkshire Post, October 10).

However, one glaring omission from our region has struck me each time a new honours list has been issued this year. John Sentamu retired in June after 15 years of outstanding public service and ministry as Archbishop of York.

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Every other modern predecessor of his who lived into retirement has been honoured with a life peerage. So far, Archbishop Sentamu has not.

Dr John Sentamu stood down as Archbishop of York in July.

The fact he was our first black Archbishop and now the first not to be honoured in this way is hard to credit in the year of Black Lives Matter.

I hope this will be corrected so he can continue to contribute to public life and debate.

From: Henry Cobden, Ilkley.

AT least the honours list was more representative of society, with a greater emphasis on key workers and community volunteers.

But too many celebrities are still receiving gongs.

I’m sure Dame Maureen Lipman wouldn’t have minded waiting if her award had gone to someone worthy of recognition from her home city of Hull.

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James Mitchinson