Jeremy Corbyn promises four new UK bank holidays if Labour wins election

Mark Chandler

The UK will get four new bank holidays if Labour wins power, leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised.

They will fall on the patron saint's day of each of the home nations and apply to the whole of the UK.

The Labour leader said the move would bring together England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while giving workers a well-deserved break.

"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," Mr Corbyn said.

"But where Theresa May divides, Labour will unite our four nations.

“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.

"And we will ask for the support of the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so that the same four holidays can be enjoyed across the United Kingdom.

"These holidays will be a chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends.

“But they will also be a chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations."

Under the plan, it would mean there would be public holidays on St David's Day (March 1), St Patrick's Day (March 17), St George's Day (April 23) and St Andrew's Day (November 30).

Mr Corbyn's pledge came on a day when a ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror put support for the Tories at 50 per cent - double that of Labour, on 25 per cent.

The polling company said it was the first time any political party has achieved 50 per cent support since April 2002 - and the first time the Tories have reached that mark since January 1991.

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