Following last weeks announcement of a snap election taking place in June, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today revealed that should a Labour government win, an additional 4 bank holidays would be created.
The holidays would fall on St David’s Day (1st March), St Patrick’s Day (17th March), St Andrew’s Day (30th November) and today- St Georges Day (if you’d love tomorrow off, please raise your hand!)
Corbyn believes, “The four nations that make up our great country have rarely been more divided due to the damaging and divisive policies of this Conservative government.
A Labour government will make St George’s Day – England’s national day and Shakespeare’s birthday – a public holiday, along with St David’s Day, St Andrew’s Day and St Patrick’s Day.
These holidays will be a chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends.”
By upping our bank holidays, Jeremy Corbyn believes it will help to ‘celebrate the national cultures of our proud nation’. We currently have 8 bank holidays a year, falling behind Scotland (who have 9) and Northern Ireland (who have 10).