Caroline Flint is calling on residents to back the campaign for a new English national anthem.
England 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 this week.
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.
Said Caroline: “The time is long overdue to agree a new anthem when England, rather than Britain, is playing in a major sporting tournament, is long overdue. There is huge public support for it. But I want people to back this e-petition, show your support for an English national anthem and let’s get the Government to make a decision.”
If more than 100,000 people sign the e-petition, Parliament will debate the issue, which was first proposed by Toby Perkins MP in a Ten Minute Rule Bill.
Toby Perkins MP who launched the campaign, 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.
We want an Anthem - Caroline Flint and Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins get the message across.