Garrick Club votes to allow women to join after 60% support change

THE Garrick – an exclusive London members’ club – has voted to allow women to join the institution for the first time.

Members of the all-male establishment – whose membership list was reported to have included the likes of the King, deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden and levelling up secretary Michael Gove – were polled on the change on Tuesday (May 7).

Dorset MP Simon Hoare (Con, North Dorset) was also reported to be a member by the Guardian newspaper, along with Jacob Rees-Mogg (Con, North East Somerset).

Mr Hoare, despite repeated request from your New Blackmore Vale, has not commented on the reports, or the Garrick Club.

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And the vote was passed, with 60% backing a change to the rules.

However, it only went through due to a change in vote rules, which meant a previously-required two-thirds majority (66%) was not required for it to pass.

After the Guardian published details of the alleged membership list, head of the civil service, Simon Case, and head of MI6 Richard Moore, resigned their memberships of the West End club, which was founded in 1831.

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