1. ITV Report

UK Labour pledge to make St David's Day a national holiday

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Jeremy Corbyn has promised to make St David's Day a national holiday if his party wins the next general election.

He is expected to make this pledge again at a union conference today.

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Labour has said it will press ahead with plans to introduce new national holidays to mark the patron saints of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Labour will ask for the support of the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so that the same four holidays can be enjoyed across the United Kingdom.

Under the proposals, UK-wide public holidays will be held on

  • St David's Day (March 1)
  • St Patrick's Day (March 17)
  • St George's Day (April 23)
  • St Andrew's Day (November 30)

With eight public holidays, the UK has the fewest of any G20 or EU country, Mr Corbyn will tell the annual conference of the Communication Workers Union in Bournemouth later.

If we win the next election, St George's Day will become a national holiday for Britain's workers.

It will be a day where we can all show our pride and celebrate our country's tradition of fairness, inclusivity and social justice.

Eight years of Tory austerity, which Labour will bring to an end, have had a disastrous effect on our vital public services and workers have paid a heavy price in the cost of living and their working lives.

We will give our workers four extra days paid holiday.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader