Jon Trickett

Hemsworth Labour

St George's Day Message

Happy St George’s Day!
One of the things which always struck me about our patron saint St George is his fight against the dragon. It seems to me that the story represents a victory over something evil. This idea captures a very important part of England's - and indeed, universal, human - values; which that we know that we must stand up fairness and justice.
 
A Labour government would bring in four new public holidays so that we have more chances to celebrate our shared culture.
We would introduce the holidays across the UK. Each to be held on St, David's Day (1st March), St Patrick’s Day (17th March), St. George's Day (23rd April) and St. Andrew’s Day (30th November) to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations.
Under these plans, we can bring together all parts of our country after the Tories have spent so long dividing it. We can unite by celebrating our own saints and learning about the histories of all of the UK’s nations.
These holidays also provide the chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends.
After seven years of painful austerity, workers deserve a break. We’ve got fewer public holidays than other G20 countries – increasing it by 4 takes us up to the international average.
I hope everyone has an excellent St George’s Day – I hope you have enjoyed one of the many celebrations going on in our area.

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