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FSA called on to name Freemasons

The FSA has been asked to publish a list of Freemasons on its staff by IFA Defence Union chief Evan Owen.

In an application under the Freedom of Information Act, Owen has also asked the regulator whether it has a policy on disclosure of Free- masonry among its staff. The FSA has so far failed to declare whether it has a policy.

Owen points to other authorities have a policy of declare Freemason membership to avoid possible conflicts of interest.

Since 1998, new members of the judiciary, police, legally qualified staff of the Crown Prosecution Service and probation and prison services have had to declare membership.

In 2001, members of the General Medical Council were forced to reveal membership amid accusations that it could affect their decisions on conduct cases.

In 2004, the Standards Board for England included a clause in its code of conduct ruling that local councillors must declare membership of the Freemasons under their list of charitable activities.

Owen says: “Because of the power of the FSA, it is essential that everyone should have the utmost confidence in its impartiality at every level.”

United Grand Lodge grand officer Chris Connop says: “There is an offensive perception that Freemasonry equals corruption. That is nonsense. It is just the same as being a member of your local golf club.”

The FSA declines to comment on the issue.

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