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New E petition to support English National Anthem launched

ENAEngland Football and Rugby fans who support a new sporting National anthem for England are being encouraged to sign up to a new e-petition which was launched in parliament today.

This follows huge public support for the idea of a new National anthem for use in sporting contests that followed a 10 minute rule bill brought forward by Toby Perkins on 14th January. Opinion polls showed widespread support for the idea in polls on Sky Sports (62%) and the Daily Mirror (71%) backing the plan. A further YouGov poll showed just 27% choosing to retain God Save the Queen in a poll which had Land of Hope and Glory coming out on top.

Other choices like Jerusalem, I vow to thee, my country and Swing low sweet chariot have also been mooted.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Toby Perkins MP who is proposing the bill said: “The level of interest and support for this has been overwhelming, and I am delighted that there is now a chance for people to show their backing for the bill by signing our e-petition. We will be aiming to show the level of support that there is across the country for this, so that the government embark upon a proper consultation to select an English national anthem for use in sporting events when England are represented.

The new National anthem would be used when England were being represented on the sporting field rather than Britain. God Save the Queen would remain the national anthem of United Kingdom and would be used on civic occasions and when Great Britain was being represented such as the Olympics or the Davis Cup.

The petition is available to sign at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119904.

 

Sources

 

https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/01/15/introduce-english-national-anthem-land-hope-and-gl/

http://news.sky.com/story/1622035/sky-poll-63-percent-support-england-sports-anthem

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/law-scrapping-god-save-queen-7172571

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119904

 

Contact

 

Email: Toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk

Phone: 0207 219 4702

One Response to “New E petition to support English National Anthem launched”

  1. Robert Baker says:

    Good lad Toby, proud of you and I am a working class kid who gave up Labour a long time ago. I did not think a Labour person would feel so proud to be English and fight for it.

    Great speech in parliament too, beautifully put. Jerusalem for me and the day that bellows out at Twickenham I will not be able to sing a single word because I will be choking back tears and bursting with pride.

    Rob

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