St. George's Day

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 26th July 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 6:00 pm, 26th July 2007

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the residents of my constituency and many thousands of people from further afield, who are concerned that England has no public holiday to celebrate Englishness and believe that St. George's day should be a public holiday for all those in England, so that we, along with other countries, can have a national day to celebrate. Other countries, most notably the Republic of Ireland, are proud of their national days, yet in England we have none. The petition has been signed by no fewer than 1,500 people and states:

The Petition of residents of the Borough of Havering

Declares the petitioners' serious concerns over the lack of celebrations on our patron saint's day, and believes that the establishment of St. George's Day as a national public holiday for all in England would help raise community cohesion at both a local, and more importantly, a national level.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Prime Minister to use his powers to establish St. George's Day as a national public holiday for all in England.

And the Petitioners remain.

To lie upon the Table.

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