THE next Bishop of Manchester is to be the Bishop of Dudley, the
Rt Revd David Walker (above), it was announced on
Wednesday. He will succeed the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, who retired
earlier this year.
Bishop Walker, who is 56, was born and bred in Manchester. He
has been Bishop of Dudley in Worcester diocese since 2000.
Bishop Walker has been a critic of the Coalition Government's
welfare policies. Earlier this year he criticised politicians for
"scapegoating" migrants (
News, 28 March) and has criticised the Government's benefits
News, 8 March). He has served on the board of the National
Housing Federation and is a former chairman of South Yorkshire
A spokesman for Manchester diocese said on Wednesday that four
candidates were interviewed for the post, and that Bishop Walker
"emerged as the ideal choice to be the next Bishop of
Bishop Walker said on Wednesday: "I'm delighted that I will now
have the opportunity to give something back to the place that gave
me my start in life. I am looking forward to working with the
people and communities of what is one of the most richly diverse
places in the world."
Speaking on Wednesday, the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge,
described Bishop Walker as "a person of great gifts, immense
wisdom, and deep personal holiness".
A statement from Manchester diocese about Bishop Walker's
appointment can be read here. The official announcement from Downing
Street can be read here.