Miliband: Williams has been an outstanding Archbishop of Canterbury

Labour leader Ed Miliband praises outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who announced his resignation earlier today:

"Rowan Williams rightly is held in the greatest respect nationally and internationally.

"He has been an outstanding leader of the church in England and in the wider Anglican Communion in challenging times.

"He has friends on every continent, and has played a vital role in building friendships across faiths and denominations.

"He has done what he said he would do which is to challenge the imagination of our country.

"I hope he will go on doing that through the rest of his time as Archbishop of Canterbury and beyond in the new role."