Thursday, September 28, 2023

MP calls for St George’s Day Bank Holiday

MP Stephen Metcalfe says a St George’s Day Bank Holiday will boost the economy in South Basildon & East Thurrock

He said: “The recent publication of the Coalition Government’s Tourism Strategy will cut red tape, free up local businesses, and re-establish the tourism industry as a key priority for restoring the UK economy.

The bold proposals include a consultation on extending the tourist season by moving the first Bank Holiday in May to create a new St George’s Day holiday in England and St David’s Day in Wales.

The strategy will generate four million extra overseas visitors over the next four years, bringing an extra £2 billion worth of visitor spend in to the country and creating 50,000 new jobs.

Commenting on the publication of the strategy, Stephen Metcalfe said: “The Coalition’s Tourism Strategy will make a big difference to the local economy here in South Essex. People across my constituency and are proud of their Patron Saint and if the first May Bank Holiday were moved to around the 23rd April I think this would be a great boost to our local economy.”

“It would give us an opportunity to properly celebrate and to bring together our local community to share our heritage which could well attract more tourists to the area.”

“For too long, Labour ignored the vital importance of tourism whilst suffocating the industry with red-tape.”

“After years in the Labour wilderness, tourism is finally being recognised as the crucial driver of our economy that it is.”


  1. So exactly how does scrapping May Day and replacing it with a St Georges Day holiday a week earlier create 50,000 jobs and £2 billion of spending?

    Is this nothing more than petty spitefullness to scrap International Labour Day because of its socialist connections?

    Rather than scrap May Day give us an extra Bank Holiday in April.

  2. I agreee that it’s difficult to see how the extra jobs and revenue will be created simply by moving a Bank Holiday. However, in these days of disappearing English identity I think it’s not a bad idea to move may day to St.George’s day.

  3. I would like to see a St Georges Day (though conflict with Easter possible) and a Veterans day in November.

  4. I’m all for St Georges day to be a Bank Holiday; however, will this be celebrated as much as everyone celebrates St Patricks day, the amount of plastic Irishmen that you see who have no ties with the Emerald Isle that celebrate this event is embarasing, lets hope that the English can enjoy the day in the spirit the Irish do

  5. Why St. George? He was a Turkish mercenary soldier working for the Romans. It should be St. Edmund who was a East Anglian King.


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