Masons to reveal judges

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SENIOR judges are understood to have told the United Grand Lodge of Freemasons that they have no objection to the lodge revealing which judges are Masons.

The Judges' Council - chaired by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Bingham and made up of 17 senior judges - met to discuss the question and sent a letter outlining their views to the lodge this morning.

The move comes after the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, said he would write to the lodge - the governing body for the country's 350,000 masons - to ask for a list of Masons in the judiciary and police.