The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Dr David Walker, took his seat as a member of the House of Lords in Parliament on Monday.
As one of the 26 Lords Spiritual, he will represent the city and diocese of Manchester. He will have a particular brief among the bishops to speak on issues of housing and international trade.
He will also speak on issues that impact on the life of people in Greater Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse.
Bishop David will continue as Diocesan Bishop of Manchester, with Lords responsibilities now forming part of his ongoing workload.
Bishop David was introduced as a member of the House of Lords during a formal ceremony in Parliament where he took an oath of loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen and signed a Code of Conduct and Register of Members.
The Bishop of Manchester, Rt Rev Dr David Walker said, “It is a great honour to be entrusted with the responsibility of becoming a member of the House of Lords. I am grateful for the prayers and best wishes of people across the Diocese of Manchester as I prepare to take on this new role.
“I am looking forward to being a new voice for the Manchester city region; to engaging in debates on matters of public interest from a Christian perspective and to joining other members of the House of Lords in holding the Government of the day to account.”