The Bishop of Bradford will oversee the newly-created Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, it was announced this week.

The Right Rev Nick Baines has two new jobs because, under the new arrangement, he will be both the Diocesan Bishop and the Area Bishop for Leeds.

The Diocese of Bradford – which covers Craven – will be subsumed in the new super diocese along with Hudders-field, Wakefield, Leeds and Ripon, each of which will have an area bishop.

The Rt Rev Baines ceases to be Bishop of Bradford on April 20 and becomes Bishop of West Yorkshire and the Dales and the Area Bishop of Leeds on June 8.

He said: “One of my priorities will be the appointment of area bishops. We’ll be looking to people who can bring added value to the job.”