New welcome lodge

Founding and history

The lodge was consecrated in 1929, shortly before the formation in 1929 of the second Labour Government. Its founding was reported in a number of national newspapers including the Daily Telegraph,[1] and Sporting Life.[2] It was created at the suggestion of the then Prince of Wales,[3] afterwards King Edward VIII, who was concerned by the antagonism between Freemasonry and the British left,[4] and the fact that a number of Labour MPs were blackballed when applying to join Masonic lodges.[5] The New Welcome Lodge was intended to form a link between Freemasonry and the new governing party, and was open to Labour MPs and for employees of trade unions and the Labour party; its members included Labour’s deputy leader Arthur Greenwood.[6] Hugh Dalton alleged that he had been approached to join the lodge, being told that the association was useful and that Greenwood (then deputy leader) was a member.[7]

When the Parliamentary Labour Party was reduced in strength after its split at the 1929 general election over Ramsay MacDonald‘s formation of the National Government, numbers were reduced, and in 1934 membership was opened to all men working in the Palace of Westminster. Sir Walter Liddall was the first Conservative MP to be initiated in the lodge in 1937. By 1940, MPs from the three main parties were in the lodge and, since the Second World War, the membership of the lodge has been chiefly drawn from the staff of the Palace of Westminster.[8]

Herbert Dunnico was Master of the New Welcome Lodge in 1931.

In 1989, the lodge was the subject of a House of Commons motion put down by the Labour member Max Madden, who stated that it was then meeting five times a year at Freemasons’ Hall in London.[9] In 1992 it was mentioned in parliament by Chris Mullin, who claimed that the members included Tony Baldry and Sir Gerard Vaughan.[10]

From the Telegraph

Really, really, really?

“Really, really, really.”

Mr Brown has taken an oath not to disclose the signs used by Freemasons to recognise each other, so maybe he has to say this. But he sticks to his answer when pressed.

“The worry of this myth is that if I extend a handshake and the other person returns it, we would immediately be doing business to the detriment of someone else.”

The Grand Secretary is here, in his office in the Freemasons’ Hall in London, to discuss a report called The Future of Freemasonry, commissioned by his organisation. Prepared by a think-tank, the Social Issues Research Centre, it seeks to place the Craft in a modern context, shedding light on an organisation regarded by many as a secret society populated by the rich and powerful, and liable to you-scratch-my-back corruption. Or worse.

“None of the researchers were Masons,” says Mr Brown. “Our aim was to show that we are relevant and transparent. Secrecy is one of the greatest myths, and our aim is to get rid of myths. I’m here to tell you that there are no secrets – that is probably the greatest secret.”

This attack of Masonic glasnost comes as the Craft looks forward to its 300th birthday. It was in 1717 that, according to Mr Brown, a group of like-minded men got together in a coffee house and devised a non-sectarian, socially egalitarian forum in which men of integrity could fraternise, while avoiding the vexed issues of religion and politics. They took as their guiding metaphor the trade of stonemasonry, hence the symbols of Freemasonry – the square, compass and apron – and its three degrees of evolution, Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason.

The report is a rather woolly thing, drawing on interviews with Freemasons and others. Its main points are that there is a longing in men to belong, to bond with other men, to help others (Masons donate £30 million a year to charity) and to take part in ritual.

“We all take part in ritual in some form or another,” says Mr Brown. “The ritual in our case is a series of one-act plays. You have to be a thespian to some degree, to learn your lines. Members enjoy it because it is a rare opportunity for public speaking. As people go up the ladder, there is a bigger role to learn.”

To be a Freemason you have to be male (although women have established their own lodges), aged 21 and a believer in a “supreme being”. So you can be a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim but not an atheist. One can apply but for most recruits it is the tap on the shoulder. The one-act plays, to use Mr Brown’s description, are staged during initiation and progression to a higher degree.

“They are allegorical plays,” explains Mr Brown. “You come into life with absolutely nothing, and that is what the initiation is about. The second play is about living a good life and the third is about preparing for the end of your life.”

So why is a noose placed around the neck of the applicant?

“Yes, there is a noose, but it is depicting the umbilical cord, so when you are born the umbilical cord is cut. The initiate doesn’t have to do anything at all. It’s done beautifully. There are no surprises for the chap coming in, no tests. The beauty is that you feel you belong.”

So why not allow the filming of an initiation?

“Out of context it would seem silly and would spoil it for people coming in. Like everything, there should be a bit of mystery, because it adds to the enjoyment. But you have my assurance: it is a beautiful ceremony and everyone feels comfortable.”

Mr Brown attended school in southern Africa before taking a commission in the Grenadier Guards. Prior to taking up the role of full-time secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England – UGLE for short – he ran his own consultancy. He became a Mason in 1985 on the recommendation of a friend.

UGLE has 250,000 members around the world. The Grand Lodges of Scotland and Ireland administer some 150,000 members. There may be as many as six million globally – two million in the United States. Five British kings, including Edward VIII and George VI, have been “on the square”, as were Winston Churchill, Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Conan Doyle. The Duke of Kent is the current Grand Master of UGLE, and his brother, Prince Michael of Kent, is a Mason. Yet, despite royal patronage, and the presence of Freemasons in the judiciary and the higher reaches of the City (there is a Bank of England Lodge) they deny being an underground arm of the Establishment.

“There have been masses of books written, the vast majority are complete rubbish,” says Mr Brown. “The modern problem is the internet and conspiracy websites.”

You find it all there: the Illuminati, Bilderberg, the all-seeing eye on the American one-dollar bill. Bill Clinton is supposed to be a 33rd-degree Mason, there being, according to conspiracists, a stair of secret degrees ascended only by the elite.

“Dan Brown mentions some super degree or something in his book but there is absolutely no truth in it at all,” says Mr Brown. “There’s nothing not known to the rank and file but if someone is very interested in Freemasonry, they can develop their knowledge.”


“They can perfect their ritual.”

Whatever that means. Mind you, they let Jim Davidson in, which suggests an eclectic membership, professionally if not politically. What about policeman? There are supposed to be loads of them in the Masons.

“We don’t have a lot of policemen, actually,” says Mr Brown. “This talk that you can hush up a crime or something is absolutely not the case. Any criminal record and you would be out straight away.”

Driving without due care and attention?

“It’s at that level that we would start asking if you should stay on.”


“That might thin our ranks a bit.”

What about one’s private life?

“In my humble opinion it links to integrity. Infidelity would definitely be frowned upon but each case must be considered on its merits.”


“Fine. The key thing is to get men of quality coming in. One rotten apple can spread to the whole basket.”

When government departments and councils issued forms asking job applicants if they belonged to secret societies, specifically Freemasonry, UGLE fought successfully to have the wording changed on grounds of discrimination. But why the culture of secrecy?

“In the 1930s Freemasonry was relatively open but then as many as 200,000 Masons were put in the gas chambers by Hitler because he feared they were a secret power base.

“When the Germans invaded the Channel Islands, the Freemasons’ Hall was ransacked and members deported to camps. So people in Britain, fearing invasion, went underground.”

Mr Brown sees religious belief as an indicator of integrity, of community-mindedness. The churches, though, do not return the compliment. The Roman Catholic Church still regards Freemasonry as a “grave sin” and the Church of England considers aspects to be “incompatible” with Christianity. Mr Brown denies absolutely that the Craft is a secret religion.

But there is something quasi-religious about Freemasonry. One only has to stand in the temple inside the wonderful, Art Deco Freemasons’ Hall to feel its force. The symbolism is all around, silent and somehow intimidating. Above all, there is that all-seeing eye on the ceiling, beaming down on the white-gloved, aproned brethren.

One last chance to ask about arcane ritual. The rolled-up trouser leg. Now that has to be a joke, surely?

“During the initiation ceremony, for a moment, a very short time – and it only happens once in a person’s life – a trouser leg is rolled up,” admits Mr Brown.

What a relief! The Freemasons are dotty after all. The Great Architect is in his heaven and all’s right with the world.


Nearly two hundred years ago the founder of the Rothschild banking empire proclaimed: “Give me control over a nation’s economy and I care not who writes the laws.” Read on for an overview of the ways the Freemasons are said to control business, politics, indeed, the entire country. By 1940 problems did arise over the masonic presents in parliament, the solution was the new welcome lodge open for new members based in parliament.


The New Welcome Lodge, No. 5139, is a British Masonic Lodge open to all men working in the Palace of Westminster. At its founding, membership was limited to Labour Party Members of Parliament, but its scope was broadened soon after. The lodge is alleged to have influenced the outcome of the 1935 Parliamentary leadership elections.


A list of parliamentary masons and bildrbergers  (still to be updates)

A list of past and present MPs who are Freemasons or Bilderberg attendees

(These lists are currently being researched – keep checking back for the latest information.)

Name Constituency / Comments Source of evidence / Member’s Masonic Lodge
Tony Baldry Banbury (Conservative) Hansard, 6 April 1989
Ed Balls Morley & Outwood (Labour Co-op); Economic Secretary to the Treasury Bilderberg participant (2001-03,2006-07)
John Baron Basildon & Billericay (Conservative) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
William Wither Beach Conservative MP for North Hampshire (1857-85); Andover (1885-1901) Hampshire & IOW Masonry website
Anne Begg Aberdeen South (Labour) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Stuart Bell Middlesbrough (Labour) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Sir Frederic Bennett Conservative MP for Torbay (1955-87) Bilderberg participant (1963,1965-75,1977-80)
Brian Binley Northampton South (Conservative) Biography at Conservative Party website
Bob Blackman Inept MP for Harrow East (Conservative) Kenelm Lodge, No.8255
Tony Blair Former Prime Minister; Labour MP for Sedgefield (1983-2007) Internet forums suggest Studholme Lodge, No.1591; Bilderberg participant, 1993
Andrew Bridgen NW Leicestershire (Conservative) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Gordon Brown Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath (Labour) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums; Bilderberg participant (1991)
Vince Cable Twickenham (Liberal Democrat) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Alun Cairns Vale of Glamorgan (Conservative) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
David Cameron Witney (Conservative) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Edward Hamer Carbutt Tory MP for Monmouth Book: “Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford”
David Chaytor Labour MP for Bury North (1997-2010); jailed for 18 months after making false Parliamentary expenses claims Claimed as Liberty Lodge, No.5573 in internet forums
Winston Churchill Tory Prime Minister (1940-45 & 1951-55) [Note: The Churchill Society points out that he publicly resigned as a Mason in 1912] Studholme Alliance Lodge No.1591; Rosemary Lodge No.2851
Kenneth Clarke Rushcliffe (Conservative); Former Chancellor of the Exchequer (Conservative) Bilderberg participant (1993,1998-00,2003-04,2006-08)
Clement Davies Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire (1929-62); Former leader of the Liberal Party Bilderberg participant (1954)
Geraint Davies Swansea West (Labour Co-op) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Jim Devine Labour MP for Livingston (2005-10) jailed for 16 months after making false Parliamentary expenses claims Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Sir Herbert Dunnico Labour MP for Consett (1929-31) Founder of New Welcome Lodge, No.5139
Sir Tony Durant Tory MP for Reading North (1974-83); Reading West (1983-97) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Sir Peter Emery Conservative MP for East Devon (1959-2001) The Independent, 31 October 1995
William Forster Conservative MP for Bradford (1861-1886) Pentalpha Lodge, No.974; book: “Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford”
William Henry Foster Conservative MP for Lancaster (1895-1900) Book: “Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford”
Sir Anthony Gadie Conservative MP for Bradford Central (1924-29) Temple Lodge, No.4963
Phil Gallie Conservative MP for Ayr (1992-97) (later MSP) The Scotsman, 2 February 2002
Arthur Greenwood Labour MP for Nelson & Colne (1922-31); Wakefield (1932-54) Hugh Dalton makes the claim in his memoir “The Fateful Years”
William Hague Richmond(Yorks) (Conservative) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums; Bilderberg participant (1998)
Keith Harding Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife (1999-2003) The Scotsman, 2 February 2002
Edward Heath Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup (1950-2001) Bilderberg participant (1963,1967,1969)
Joseph Hiley Conservative MP for Pudsey (1959-74); involved in the Shire Oak scandal Leeds Other Paper, 12 December 1986
Eric Illsley Labour MP for Barnsley Central (1987-2011); jailed for 12 months after making false Parliamentary expenses claims Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Bernard Jenkin Conservative MP for Harwich & North Essex Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
David Jones Clwyd West (Conservative) Welsh Assembly Register of Members interests
Gwilym Jones Conservative MP for Cardiff North (1983-97) Dinas Llandaff Lodge, No.8512
Ruth Kelly Labour MP for Bolton West (1997-2010); Opus Dei member The Scotsman, 21 January 2005
Sir Edwin Leather Conservative MP for North Somerset (1950-64) The Telegraph, 6 April 2005
Jack Lopresti Filton & Bradley Stoke (Conservative) Mr Lopresti is outed in a Bristol Indymedia podcast, 15 January 2012
Niall Macdermot Labour MP for Derby North (1957-70) The Independent, 31 October 1995
Sir John Major Former Tory Prime Minister (1990-97) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Jamie McGrigor MSP for the Highlands & Islands (Conservative) The Scotsman, 2 February 2002
David McLetchie Former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, who resigned after a taxi expenses scandal The Telegraph, 7 February 2002
Reginald Maudling Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet (1950-79) Numerous sources list Mr Maudling as a Freemason
Brian Monteith Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (1999-2007) The Scotsman, 2 February 2002
Elliot Morley Labour MP for Scunthorpe (1987-2010); jailed for 16 months after making false Parliamentary expenses claims Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Robert Neill Bromley & Chislehurst (Conservative) New Statesman, 12 June 2006; Greater London Lodge, No.2603
Anthony Nelson Conservative MP for Chichester (1974-97) Martin Short claims that Mr Nelson told him that he was a Freemason
John James Oddy Conservative MP for Pudsey (1908-10) Book: “Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford”
George Osborne Tatton (Conservative); Chancellor of the Exchequer Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums; Bilderberg attendee (2006-09,2011)
John Storey Penleaze Liberal MP for Southampton (1833-5) Hampshire & IOW Masonry website
Ian Paisley North Antrim (Democratic Unionist) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Sir Ian Percival Conservative MP for Southport (1959-87) New Welcome Lodge, No.5139; Canada Lodge No.3527; County Palatine Lodge No.2505
Enoch Powell Ulster Unionist Party MP for South Down (1950-87) Bilderberg participant (1968)
Sir Malcolm Rifkind Kensington (Conservative); Former Foreign Secretary Bilderberg participant (1986,1996)
Sir George Robertson Liberal MP for Bradford Central (1906-16) Book: “Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford”
Peter Rost Conservative MP for Erewash (1970-92) Martin Short claims that Mr Rost told him that he was a Freemason
Michael Russell Scottish National Party MSP for Argyll & Bute Kyles of Bute Lodge, No.1120
John Smith Labour MP for Monklands East (1970-94); Former Labour Party leader Bilderberg participant (1986,1989,1991)
David Sumberg Conservative MP for Bury South (1983-97); now an MEP dubbed “UK’s laziest MEP” Smith Child Lodge, No.2064
Sir Charles S.Taylor Conservative MP for Eastbourne (1935-74) 1985 Masonic Year Book
Stefan Terlezki Conservative MP for Cardiff West (1983-97) Dinas Llandaff Lodge, No.8512
Sir Neil Thorne Conservative MP for Ilford South (1979-92) Leyton Grange Park Lodge, No.5473
Sir David Trippier Conservative MP for Rossendale & Darwen (1979-92) Keystone Lodge, No.363
Sir Neville Trotter Conservative MP for Tynemouth (1974-97) Suggested as a Freemason in internet discussion forums
Sir Peter Vanneck Conservative MEP for Cleveland & Yorkshire North The Independent, 31 October 1995
Sir Gerard Vaughan Conservative MP for Reading East (1983-97) The Independent, 31 October 1995
Sir Alfred Cecil Walker Democratic Unionist MP for Belfast North (1983-2001) Martin Short claims that Cecil Walker told him that he was a Freemason
Gary Waller Conservative MP for Keighley (1979-97) Clifton Lodge, No.7112
Sir Francis Watson Conservative MP for Pudsey & Otley (1923-29) Book: “Secret Society of the Freemasons in Bradford”
Sir John Wells Conservative MP for Maidstone (1959-87) The Independent, 31 October 1995



A few masonic leaders of of corporations that have the ability to sway mass opinion 

Under Rothschild control

WALL STREET JOURNAL – 1,406,192 – Warren Henry Philip, (Jew) President.

LOS ANGELES TIMES – 1,000,866 – Simon Ramo (Jew) Director.

NEW YORK TIMES – 906,498 – Arthur Ochs Sulzburger, (Jew) President.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – 750,707 – Edward Engle, (Jew) V.P.

DETROIT NEWS – 626,801 – B. Gingold (Jew) V.P.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – 554,334 – Howard Seitz, (Jew) Dir.

DETROIT FREE PRESS – 623,846 – John Livingston Weinberg (Jew) ,Dir.

WASHINGTON POST – 534,400 – Katherine Myer Graham (Jew), Board Chairman.

In addition, the vast majority of daily newspapers with distribution between 250,000 and 500,000, are Jewish owned and/or controlled. These include the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE; MIAMI HERALD; ATLANTA JOURNAL; INDIANAPOLIS STAR; BOSTON GLOBE; KANSAS CITY TIMES ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT and the OMAHA WORLD HERALD.

Over 47 major weekly magazines, with an estimated readership over 78-million, are Jewish owned and/or controlled. These include:

TV GUIDE – 19,168,096 – Walter Annenberg (Jew), President.

McCALL’S MAGAZINE – 6,801,287 – Robert Stein (Jew), Editor.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING – 5,250,597 – Harrison Aaron Mitnich (Jew), Treasurer.

TIME MAGAZINE – 4,425,270 – Arthur Heiskell (Jew), Chairman of the Board.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED – 2,267,547 – Katherine M. Graham (Jew), Board Chairman.

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REP. 2,036,140 – Lester Tanzer (Jew), Ed.

All of the major TV networks are controlled by this Jewish-Masonic cabal:

ABC Network – Leonard Goldenson (Jew), Chairman.

CBS Network – William Paley (Jew), Chairman.

NBC Network – Robert Sarnoff (Jew), Chairman.

Metro-Media Network – Herbert Klein (Jew), V.P. & Director.

Even many privately owned newspapers, which are not Jewish owned, have a great deal of control exerted over them because Jews and Masons control the nations advertising, which is necessary for a newspaper or magazine to be successful.