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MASONS OBJECT TO NORFOLK'S DISCLOSURE MOTION

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Freemasons have objected to their organisation being singled out in a Norfolk CC motion calling on elected members ...
Freemasons have objected to their organisation being singled out in a Norfolk CC motion calling on elected members to disclose their membership of all clubs and orgainsations.

The Eastern Daily Press reports that under the move, a public register would be obliged to declare their membership of pressure groups, trade unions, the Freemasons or other influential bodies.

The council's newly-created standards committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposal, which will go before the council's cabinet executive tomorrow. Ian Bruce, provincial grand master for Norfolk, said yesterday that if it was felt such disclosures would result in more transparency in local government, the masons would support the move.

He said: 'We have no objection to the phrasing of the original motion. If people are going to be asked to declare their part-time activities, we have no problem with that. What we object to is where people are asked whether they are a mason or not.

'We are not the secretive society that people keep saying we are. I am more concerned about people who are in employment and who may well decide they should resign because saying they are a mason might affect their future prospects.'

Eric Minett, who proposed the motion, said the Freemasons was the organisation with which the public were most concerned as it had an exstensive support network which was not comparable with other organisations.

'I think membership of golf clubs should be declared if they seem to be relevant, but the Freemasons is something because it is deliberately secretive, which golf societies are not,' he said.

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