Bishop of Manchester in Blockgate Row

A row has broken out online after the Bishop of Manchester blocked a former Greater Manchester Police Superintendent.

Pete Jackson, former head of GMP’s Murder Squad, raised concerns that the Bishop doesn’t want to listen to whistleblowers.

Bishop David Walker holds a prominent role chairing the Greater Manchester independent Ethics Committee, which advises the Deputy Mayor for Policing and GMP on ethical issues.

The committee has reviewed themes such as body worn video, whistleblowing, children and policing, data use, Taser use, and more.

The former Superintendent has been campaigning for investigations into senior officers and a public inquiry for whistleblowers from the force.


Much media coverage was given to Pete Jackson leaving GMP after his son was attacked on a night out in Manchester City Centre.

A bungled investigation concluded there was no CCTV of the attack, but Jackson quickly sourced footage and raised it with the divisional commander.

He was then investigated himself for inappropriate involvement in the investigation.

Since retiring from GMP, Jackson and others have raised serious concerns about the command team and Andy Burnham’s oversight of the police.

Local councillors in Salford described the Deputy Mayor for Policing system as a ‘chocolate teapot’, with some calling for an elected assembly and ‘strong’ Police and Crime committee system with executive powers like London.

One police source told the Gazette: “The’ve been excommunicating people for years.”