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Call for St George's bank holiday

As a Midland MP calls for St George's Day to become a national holiday, a new study finds that the West Midlands scored the highest for the number of people able to name the date of St George’s Day.

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MP calls for St George's Day holiday

The MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, Nadhim Zahawi, is spearheading calls for St George’s Day, which is also William Shakespeare’s birthday, to become an officially recognised Bank Holiday.

Nadhim Zahawi wants St George's Day to be a Bank Holiday Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Conservative Member of Parliament, who has previously backed areas of English heritage, attempted to put forward a bill in the House of Commons to make St George’s Day a Bank Holiday back in 2010, but the bill was withdrawn and failed to progress further.

The move comes after research revealed today that only 40% of English people can name the exact date of St George's Day.

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