Tory MP calls for BBC to reinstate the national anthem at the end of each day after Brexit

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell has called for the BBC to reinstate its former tradition of playing the national anthem at the close of each day's broadcasting.

The long-standing MP for Romford forwarded an early day motion in Parliament stating that the corporation should recall the practice "in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday", telling The Telegraph the BBC should be "unashamedly British" in celebration of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

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Rosindell as a Conservative Party candidate with former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Romford in 2001 (Michael Stephens PA)

Rosindell told The Telegraph: "The British Broadcasting Corporation should be unashamedly British and playing our British national anthem once a day on BBC1 is not much to ask.

"They used to do it and it's time it was restored, to send out a message that Britain is back, following Brexit in tribute to Her Majesty in this, her 90th year!"

It is his second attempt to reinstate God Save The Queen on BBC1 since the broadcaster scrapped it in October 1997.

His full motion reads: "That this House calls upon the British Broadcasting Corporation to restore the British National Anthem on BBC1 at the end of each day's programming, before the switch over to BBC News 24; regrets the decision on the 3rd October 1997 to play God Save The Queen on BBC1 for the last time; and believes that this proud British tradition should be reinstated before the end of 2016, in honor of Her Majesty's ninetieth birthday."

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