And, if so, what effect would that have on his governance, were the MP for Witney (Oxfordshire) to be indirectly elected PM? UK political blog Recess Monkey wrote this on 12th December:
While conducting deep investigative research (googling) into Opus Dave, I came across this strange reference in google cache. allanparkinson69 has posted the following text on some sort of masons' chat board saying,
I'd like to congratulate my local Masonic lodge member, David Cameron MP for Witney, on his promotion to Deputy Speaker for the Conservative Party.
As an extremely young MP (thirties) I expect him to be party leader by the end of his political career...
Posted on 4th June, this message predates leadership election character assassinations, though also has a ring of american about it too, so I can't decide whether or not I think it's authentic...
I've traced the original message back to the Usenet newsgroup alt.freemasonry. allanparkinson69 posted 118 messages to alt.freemasonry between May and September 2003. The above message was posted not on June 4th 2005 but on July 3rd 2003. That would make the message more credible, and alanparkinson69's 117 other messages generally indicate a sound mind that's British, not American.
As a sidenote, and coincidentally, the Sunday Times reported on 20 November 2005 that:
THE Conservative party has accepted a £93,000 donation from a fund run by one of Britain's most senior freemasons.
The donation was paid by the Midlands-based Leamington Fund. No public records exist for the fund, which is an "unincorporated association".
However, The Sunday Times has established that the fund's chairman is Michael Price, the provincial grandmaster of Warwickshire freemasons. Price, 70, is the most senior mason in Birmingham and the surrounding area, and is in charge of 200 lodges and about 6,500 masons. Warwickshire and Oxfordshire are adjoining counties.
1. I should note that Recess Monkey was contacted by a spokesman for Cameron who denied that his master was, or has ever been, a Mason. Which sounds as if his office is quite sensitive about the allegation. And I'm not sure that a denial that one's master is a Freemason is proof of the same.
2. The original message referred to Cameron's elevation to Deputy Speaker for the Conservative Party, a non-existent post. However, in June 2003, Cameron was appointed the Conservatives' Deputy Shadow Leader of the House.
3. [2006.01.01] The Leamington Fund, it transpires, gave its £93,000 to the Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry branch of the Conservative Party, not to the national party, sometime in the third quarter of this year (ie between 01 July and 30 September).