The Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral resigned on Thursday after a row among church and local authorities over whether to try to evict a 200-tent protest camp occupying the square outside.
Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser had made clear his sympathy with the aims of the anti-capitalist protest camp and asked police to leave the cathedral steps early in the occupation. He said on Thursday he had gone with “great sadness.”
Religious commentators said his move reflected differences in official attitudes towards the camp, which forced the cathedral to close its doors for the first time since World War Two.
St Paul’s had said it was been losing 20,000 pounds a day since the camp was set up 12 days ago to protest against the nearby London Stock Exchange. It was closed on health and safety grounds but is due to reopen on Friday.