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Parliament entrenched with Freemasons

November 17, 2011


Paul Linford was a onetime lobbyist, and comes out with this gem of a story from the Axe Grinder column in the Press Gazette, it shows the extent of how entrenched the Houses of Parliament are with Freemasonry: “Fleet Street veteran Rob Gibson, has learnt the hard way about the dangers of email. [1] The former Daily Express political editor and dedicated fund-raiser for journalist’s charity the NPF now runs the highly regarded Gallery News at the House of Commons. Gibson sends out stories daily to a host of outlets, including MPs at Westminster.  Unfortunately, Gibson sent out one email in error last week that was a little ‘too exclusive’.  To the great man’s consternation, it contained the minutes of the latest meeting of his Masonic lodge.  Now there’s open government for you”. [2]

Following words of Paul Linford: “The extent of Masonry within the lobby – and the Palace of Westminster as a whole – was a constant source of mischievous speculation during my time there.  Correspondents were frequently baffled to find the chairs in the Lobby Room rearranged with one facing the wrong way – a seating arrangement consistent with the Masonic initiation ritual in which the candidate sits blindfolded with his back to the room.  On one memorable occasion, a notorious wind-up merchant in the regional lobby put out a spoof tannoy for; ‘the Secretary of the Press Gallery Freemason’s Lodge’ – such a body does exist.  It was answered by a very well-known Sunday newspaper political editor, who maintained he was simply curious as to who was on the other end of the line”.                  

     David Cameron used House of Commons facilities to host an event for the Freemasons, documents cover dining facilities in the Palace of Westminster that were hired by members of parliament to host events for outside organisations revealed these facts.  [3] The Tory leader hosted a tea event for the West Oxfordshire Lady Freemasons on 28th October 2008.  The records show that the event was held in dining room C and 14 people were expected.  The documents released the 4th February 2010 cover the period from 1st April 2004 to 30th September 2009.

[1] “Paul Linford: January 2006.” <;.

[2] “Shaphan: The Press Gallery’s Masonic Lodge(s).” <;.

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Extract from Trapped in a Masonic World –


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