Northern Ireland

Westminster Orange Lodge holds first meeting since before Covid pandemic

The House of Commons Orange Lodge was founded in 2006.
The House of Commons Orange Lodge was founded in 2006.

MEMBERS of the Orange Order at Westminster have held their first lodge meeting in over three years.

The House of Commons Orange Lodge met on Tuesday, with DUP Strangford MP Jim Shannon re-elected as the group's Worshipful Master.

His party colleage and East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson was appointed Deputy Master.

DUP leader and Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson is also a member of the lodge, which was first formed in 2006, and is open to Protestant members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Meetings of the lodge were put on hold during the Covid pandemic.

Speaking following Tuesday's meeting, Mr Shannon said he was "privileged and honored" to be re-elected as Worshipful Master.

"The last three years throughout the Covid-19 pandemic have made lodge meetings and travel increasingly difficult, so it is great to be back at these meetings in person," he said.

“It is fantastic that the Orange Order can be represented at the Houses of Parliament, to enable MPs and Peers to come together."

Read more:What is the Orange Order? An explainer