Prevent discrimination against legal groups such as freemasonry in selection for public sector jobs

The obligatory disclosure of membership of benign, legal organisations such as freemasonry by applicants for all public sector bodies such as the police, the judiciary, councils and parliament should be made illegal.

Public sector bodies would be banned from drawing up lists of members of particular groups on the basis that membership in itself  of such groups (such as freemasonry) is likely to cause a conflict of interest.

The principle should be established that members of such bodies should only be required to declare an interest (i.e. membership of an organisation) only if particular circumstances require it  at the time that a potential conflict arises. Sanctions should of course still be taken against those who do not declare an interest when they should do so.

Why is this idea important?

The obligatory disclosure of membership of benign, legal organisations such as freemasonry by applicants for all public sector bodies such as the police, the judiciary, councils and parliament should be made illegal.

Public sector bodies would be banned from drawing up lists of members of particular groups on the basis that membership in itself  of such groups (such as freemasonry) is likely to cause a conflict of interest.

The principle should be established that members of such bodies should only be required to declare an interest (i.e. membership of an organisation) only if particular circumstances require it  at the time that a potential conflict arises. Sanctions should of course still be taken against those who do not declare an interest when they should do so.