Labour officials wish followers a happy St George's Day 24 hours early, despite it being party policy for saints day to be made a bank holiday

Jamie Johnson
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Labour officials wish followers a happy St George's Day 24 hours early, despite it being party policy for saints day to be made a bank holiday

Labour officials were forced into an embarrassing climbdown after wishing their Twitter followers a Happy St George’s day 24 hours early, despite it being party policy for the saints day to be made a bank holiday.

The tweet, which has now been deleted, said: “Happy St George's Day. With the next Labour government, we'll celebrate the patron saint with a bank holiday and bank holidays for St Patrick, St David and St Andrew too. Sound good? Share the news.”

But politicians and other users of the social media site were quick to point out the gaffe.

Michael Fabricant, the Tory MP for Lichfield said: “St George’s Day is on the 23rd, not the 22nd Dummies!”

One person said: “Er, guys, St George's Day is tomorrow? If your going to pretend to care about the country, at least do it on the right day?”

Last year, Jeremy Corbyn vowed to introduce bank holidays across the UK for patron saints days, if he were to become Prime Minister.

The party said making it a public holiday will “show our pride and celebrate our country’s tradition of fairness, inclusivity and social justice.”

This includes St, David's Day, on March 1, St Patrick’s Day, on March 17, and St. Andrew’s Day, on November 30.

The party said it will ask for the support of the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so the same four holidays can be enjoyed across the UK.