Jeremy Corbyn has announced that if Labour wins in the general election, the party will seek to add four additional bank holidays to the calendar.
The holidays would fall on the patron saint’s day of each of the home nations – so 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).
The Labour leader said the move would bring together England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while giving workers a well-deserved break.
As it stands, the UK is one of the least generous nations when it comes to national holidays with just eight days in the year. Other G20 countries average 12 across them.
The news has been welcomed with open arms by many Twitter users, with some describing it as a “game changer”.
Labour just announced 4 extra bank holidays. Game Changer
— Michael Glennon (@Fadge_Monkey) April 22, 2017
Labour say they will introduce four new bank holidays if they win 🎉 Can we all have free gym membership too? #GE2017
— Katie Forster (@katieforster) April 22, 2017
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) April 22, 2017
Labour saying they'll give us 4 more bank holidays? Got my vote sewn up. Know your audience
— Ｍａｔｔ (@Matty2860) April 22, 2017
Some however have interpreted the commitment slightly differently.
2 bank holidays in March and November, Labour can't even choose weather friendly dates.
— Andrew Woodman (@AndrewWoodman) April 22, 2017
— Lily Minster (@Lily_Minster) April 22, 2017
It would be the first time new permanent bank holidays were introduced in the UK since the 1970s.