The Tory party and the Church of England were yesterday trading accusations of incompetence following the resignation of Ray Lewis, the controversial deputy appointed by Boris Johnson, mayor of London.
Senior aides to Johnson and David Cameron, the Tory leader, lambasted bishops for “sitting on” a file of damaging accusations made against Lewis when he was a vicar.
A church spokesman accused the Tories of failing to make proper checks on Lewis before appointing him and of ignoring later warnings. The spokesman revealed that the church had alerted Johnson, orally and in writing, about the allegations against Lewis in May.
Chris Newland, chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford, said: “Lewis’s ministry was restricted because of very serious allegations. If you want to employ someone in a high-profile job, you check with their employers, you take up their references. None of that was done.”
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