Bishop of Liverpool James Jones to retire in August

The Bishop of Liverpool The Right Reverend James Jones is to retire on his 65th birthday in August.

The Bishop, who led the Hillsborough Independent Panel to uncover the truth about the 1989 disaster, announced his decision in a letter to his diocese.

He said by standing aside he would give his successor the opportunity to form a new leadership team.

The diocese will be led by the Bishop of Warrington, The Right Reverend Richard Blackburn.

He will be supported by Archdeacons and Area Deans.

The Bishop  officially opened a new school extension at Bishop David Sheppard School in Devonshire Road, Southport in November 2012

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