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OMBUDSMAN CLEARS IOW MASONS

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Freemason members of the former Medina BC on the Isle of Wight have been cleared by the ombudsman of trying to infl...
Freemason members of the former Medina BC on the Isle of Wight have been cleared by the ombudsman of trying to influence a key planning decision using their masonic links.

Three out of five councillors involved in a complaint forwarded to the ombudsman were confirmed by the United Grand Lodge of England as being masons.

But, dismissing the complaint over a sale of land for housing, the ombudsman said there was 'no foundation to allegations of wrongdoing by the members in dealing with the planning applications'.

Nigel Buckingham, freemasonry's provincial grand secretary for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: 'I am very glad a completely independent and impartial investigator has once more found that we have been wrongly targeted as scapegoats.'

Mr Buckingham claimed that freemasons had been 'completely cleared' in 20 out of 21 ombudsman inquiries completed since 1985 in England and Wales. 'In only one investigation was freemasonry slightly criticised,' he said.
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