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Sadiq Khan refuses to make London police declare if they are Freemasons after Hillsborough questions raised

London mayor says a compulsory register of Masons in the police would be illegal under human rights law

London mayor Sadiq Khan has refused to force Metropolitan Police officers to declare membership of the Freemasons, saying such a move would be illegal.

The mayor’s statement comes despite the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) revealing that it is now investigating whether Freemasonry played a part in South Yorkshire Police’s handling of the Hillsborough stadium disaster and subsequent cover-up.

The refusal is also unlikely to calm decades of anxiety about the possibility of police corruption stretching back to at least to the 1960s when Detective Chief Superintendent Bill Moody, then head of the Obscene Publications Squad, reportedly helped a pornographer join his lodge.

Mr Khan ruled out a compulsory register of Freemasonry in the Met, the largest police force in the country, after Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly, asked him to consider such a move in the light of the Hillsborough investigation, “to improve public confidence”.

 

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