Motion aims to reveal which Norfolk councillors are also Freemasons
PUBLISHED: 07:06 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:48 18 July 2018
Councillors in Norfolk who are also Freemasons may soon have to declare this as an interest.
Mike Smith-Clare, Labour councillor for the Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown division, has motioned for it to be made a requirement for Mason councillors to declare their memberships.
He said: “Suffolk moved to make it a requirement last year. I think transparency is so important in local government and I don’t want Norfolk to become an anomaly in that sense.”
Tom Garrod represents the Wroxham division and has been a Mason for eight years.
He said: “I have no problem with it - if I was not proud to be a Mason I would not be one.
“However, it is no different to being a member of the Lions or Rotary clubs, so I don’t really see why we should be treated any differently.”
The motion goes before Norfolk County Council on Monday, July 23.