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[18 MAY 00] MIKE O'BRIEN MP NEWS
MP Backs Freemasons Decision To Open Up

Freemasons in Warwickshire have ended more than 270 years of secrecy today by inviting non-masons to their annual meeting.

The Grand Lodge of Warwickshire has decided to allow guests to the event in Edgbaston tonight.

North Warwickshire MP Mike O達rien said he welcomed the move as it would help remove the stigma surrounding freemasonry.

He said:

的 welcome the lead taken by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire to be more open.

的t is the first time in 272 years of the history of freemasonry in the county that non-masons have been invited to the annual meeting.

的t is the start of spirit of greater openness that is much to the credit of masons in our county.

的 am sure it will help end the myths and fears about a secret society. Masons do a lot of good charitable work but have suffered from a bad press because of their historic secrecy.

敵reater openness can only help reveal that Masons hide their light under a bushel.

的 have called for Masons to be more open in the past and I warmly welcome this step forward
  
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