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Hereford Times: No Council Members declared as Freemasons

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Hereford Times

No council members declared as Freemasons

28th July 2016

Rebecca Cain


THERE are no county councillors who have declared themselves as members of the Freemasons.

Following a Freedom of Information request to Herefordshire Council, the local authority said none of its elected members or employees have declared themselves as Freemasons.

But the council does not have a policy which specifically requires councillors to declare themselves as a member of the society.

The members’ code of conduct requires councillors to declare personal interest as appropriate to the business being discussed at any time.

The council’s employee code of conduct requires that: “An employee must declare to their director the membership of any organisation which is not open to the public without formal membership, with a commitment of allegiance and with secrecy about rules or membership conduct.”

The Freemasons is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies, made up of men who are concerned with moral and spiritual values.


Akzidenz Grotesk.29th July 2016 1:22 am
Interesting. Although as HT alludes, no declaration does not equal no members.

blackhills29th July 2016 1:27 am
Code of conduct!!!! declared themselves as Freemasons?????
Its all in the small print.

Mike33 PRAT!!29th July 2016 1:55 am

Mr.Herefordian29th July 2016 3:08 am
You are many thing you buffoon.

Mike33 PRAT!!29th July 2016 3:57 am

fork.lightning29th July 2016 2:08 am
No declarations, but there is at least one Freemason councillor, I'm told.

yokelyokel29th July 2016 2:38 am
Rather naive of the HT to hope for them to be open about this when they are not legally obliged to be. A better approach would be to contact every councillor individually and ask if they (or partner) is a mason. Then publish a list of replies or failures to reply.

That would be more revealing.

Herefordshire Lad29th July 2016 2:53 am
Only a true mason denies he's a mason..

herefordman9929th July 2016 3:17 am
"Following a Freedom of Information request to Herefordshire Council, the local authority said none of its elected members or employees have declared themselves as Freemasons" - if they don't have to, then they won't - plausible deniability as a certain American politician once said, from the sound of it. So, next FOI request? How many have got their hands in the pot of the God bothering brainwashers that have pitched up on Commercial Road posing as a charity church (or tax dodging con men if you want to be blunt)

jackjonesatwork29th July 2016 4:27 am
Spot on but the same reply will be received - they are not under an obligation to declare their religious beliefs etc etc ...............

SallyShears6629th July 2016 12:07 pm
Council treasurer and s151 officer Peter Robinson is a mason. Or isn't he on the Council payroll any more? Any news on that?

jackjonesatwork29th July 2016 1:01 pm
Could be on garden leave whatever he is on - it will be at our expense - like the 23 errors picked up on in the Councils' Capital Out Turn report for 2015-16

herefordman991st August 2016 5:25 am
Could be that he is interviewing the next candidate. Apparently some guy called Nick Leason is the front runner :) :)

Solidus snake29th July 2016 5:39 pm
Never has a truer word ever been commited to the screen lol.

Bet the god squad have got tgeir talons deep into hereford council:/

Ubique129th July 2016 5:32 am
Please excuse my ignorance but why do we need to know if certain people are Freemasons /Lions / Rotary etc etc
( I am not a Freemason in case anybody thinks I am defending them )
Just wondering - nothing more

jackjonesatwork29th July 2016 5:45 am
My understanding of the situation is being a Mason you are inclined to favour your own and Councillors should really sit on the fence in a lot of matters eg planning

Herefordshire Lad29th July 2016 6:03 am
Preferably a fence with a big spike on it to focus their attention

herefordman991st August 2016 5:24 am
As long as it is their head on the spike......

yokelyokel29th July 2016 2:50 pm One reason is to try to find an explanation for the recruitment of certain individuals on high salaries despite dreadful previous track records, their survival and advancement despite further incompetence and wrongdoing whilst in HCC, and then their escaping eventually with large payoffs and secrecy surrounding the circumstances.

Arkham66629th July 2016 10:12 am What about West Mercia in particular Inspector Semper hes a mason

Mike33 PRAT!!30th July 2016 5:21 am Cry me a river you massive ****.

Further Reading:

The F.·.W.·. 'Tyler'

UK Freemasonry in the News, have the 'Brethren' finally met their Waterloo?