Should Magna Carta anniversary be new UK Bank Holiday?

Ruth Doherty
Should Magna Carta anniversary be new UK Bank Holiday?
Should Magna Carta anniversary be new UK Bank Holiday?

PA


Politicians are calling for a UKBank Holiday to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Epping Forest Tory MP Eleanor Laing proposed bringing in a Bill to designate Monday 15 June 2015 as a UK Bank Holiday to mark the historic milestone, according to the Press Association.

Mrs Laing was quick to point out that she's not suggesting it be an extra Bank Holiday, rather one to replace the May Bank Holiday, which is currently under discussion about being moved.

Speaking at the Commons, she said: 'On June 15 1215 the foundations of our democracy were laid when King John met his barons at Runnymede and sealed that historic document which has become known as Magna Carta.

'The effect of the Bill, which I now bring before the House, would be to celebrate appropriately the 800th anniversary of this momentous occasion.'

She added: 'What better way to celebrate freedom than by having a day's holiday?'

The MP's Magna Carta Anniversary Bill will get a second reading on 25 November, but is thought to have small chance of being passed through.

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