Letter: Two sides of Freemasonry

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From Cdr M. B. S. Higham, RN

Sir: Wilkes's Diary (30 June) referred to Clement Attlee as a Freemason. In October 1989, the late Earl Attlee (son of Clement Attlee) wrote to your paper refuting the allegation that his father was a Freemason. There is no evidence to show that he was wrong.

Wilkes should know that it is no part of Freemasonry to meddle in politics, as he suggests. A lodge's business would not include discussion of party leadership, and any attempt to introduce any discussion would be ruled out of order.

Yours sincerely,

M. B. S. Higham

Grand Secretary

United Grand Lodge

of England

London, WC2