Members of the Church of England’s General Synod have gathered in York for what is being thought of as one its most important meetings in recent times.

The event has been attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Yesterday, members and officers of the General Synod of the Church of England gathered for the Eucharist at York Minster.

The long-running battles over the ordination of women bishops is expected to reach its conclusion today in a final vote on the issue at the University of York which will determine the future direction of the Church.

It comes less than two years after the collapse of previous legislation to open the episcopate to women, despite overwhelming support in the Church as a whole.