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Former canon of St Paul’s appointed parish priest at inner-city church

The Revd Giles Fraserby Sam Jones, Guardian

Giles Fraser, who quit cathedral post over Occupy row, gets new job at St Mary's Newington in south London

The Rev Dr Giles Fraser, who resigned as canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral last year over plans to forcibly remove Occupy protesters from its steps, has been appointed parish priest of an inner-city church in south London.
 
Fraser will begin his new job at St Mary's Newington, in the Elephant and Castle, at the end of April. He will chronicle his experiences in the parish in a regular column for the Guardian, which begins on Monday.
 
Fraser, 47, said he was looking forward to starting work after a difficult few months. "After I resigned there was no plan B whatsoever. It was just a total principled decision. It has been a very dark period thinking about what I'm supposed to be doing with my life."
 
Despite being shortlisted for jobs as a bishop and a dean, Fraser said he had immediately felt drawn to the parish in Southwark, a London borough undergoing a £1.5bn redevelopment after years of neglect.
 
"I love London and I couldn't leave it," he said. "I went to see the bishop of Southwark and he said: 'I've got a parish coming up and I think you should have a look.' London is a tale of two cities: you've got the City of London, where people make extraordinary amounts of money, and you've got another London – represented by places like the Elephant and Castle – which is largely forgotten. It's the church's job to be an advocate and to shine a light on poverty."
 
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