Two Freemasons' lodges operating secretly at UK Parliament

Two Freemasons lodges set up for MPs and political journalists are continuing to operate secretly at the UK Parliament, a media report said.

Published: 05th February 2018 11:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2018 11:17 AM   |  A+A-

UK parliament. (Photo | AP)


LONDON: Two Freemasons lodges set up for MPs and political journalists are continuing to operate secretly at the UK Parliament, a media report said.

New Welcome Lodge, which recruits MPs, peers and parliamentary staff, and Gallery Lodge, established for members of the political press corps known as the lobby, both remain active, the Guardian report quoted Freemasonry records as saying.

A third lodge called the Alfred Robbins Lodge, which was also set up for journalists, also continues to meet regularly in London.

The identities of the members of these three lodges remain unknown outside the world of Freemasonry, however, and so discreet are the members of Gallery Lodge that few journalists working in the lobby appear to be aware of its existence.

One current member of New Welcome told the Guardian that its members keep Gallery Lodge masons at arm's length, on the grounds that while they are fellow members of the brotherhood, they are still journalists, and "they wouldn't want journalists listening to their conversations".

At Westminster, MPs and peers are not obliged to declare their membership of the Freemasons, the Guardian reported. 

Political journalists also do not declare their membership of the Freemasons on the register of journalists' interests, which is maintained by parliament.

The three lodges each meet four times a year at Freemasons' Hall, the UGLE's headquarters in Covent Garden, London.

According to the Guardian, former members of Gallery Lodge have included former journalists at the Times, the Daily Express and the Scotsman.

Freemasonry is a secular movement, although new members are expected to acknowledge a belief in a God-like superior being. It models itself upon the fraternities of medieval stonemasons who would use secret words and symbols to recognise each others' legitimacy.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp