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Bishop Sarah Mullally among London's most influential

Thu 11 Oct 2018
By Premier Journalist

List of London's most influential people includes Bishop Sarah Mullally in top ten.

The annual list from the Evening Standard newspaper has Home Secretary, Sajid Javid at number one and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at number two.

The Bishop of London, Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, is placed at number eight.

The Standard says of her:

"The most senior woman Anglican cleric, her route to one of the most prominent sees of the CofE was anything but obvious: she's a former Chief Nursing Officer. She's about as different from her predecessor, Richard Chartres, as it's possible to get...she was educated in a comprehensive, came to Christianity at the age of 16, her theology is simple and evangelical and she appears not to have any time for liturgical niceties.

"On the hoary questions about homosexuality and the church and the place of women, she's anxious to be inclusive and to take all points of view into account. She may lack bite but she's nice."

Other Christians who feature in the 'Progress 1000' include the Queen as Defender of the faith and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby as well as Benjamin Lindsay, the lead pastor at Emmanuel Church in New Cross who has worked on limiting gang violence and Alison Joyce, rector of St Bride's Church in Fleet Street - the 'journalists' church' 

Evening Standard editor George Osborne said: "Our Progress list this year celebrates the diversity of Londoners the brilliant people, some born here and others who have moved here, who together make our city so exciting.

"It is a roll call of talent and a rebuff to all those who want to shut Britain off from the world and close our doors to the future."

The list, now in its 12th year, celebrates the people whose influence across London life is felt most keenly by those who live in the city.

It covers the worlds of art, science, business, media, politics and technology. The full list will be unveiled at a ceremony near Waterloo station in London tonight.

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