Andrew Gwynne MP, Denton and Reddish, has backed a Bill in Parliament to establish an English National Anthem for sporting events and other occasions.
The Bill does not specify a song, but it has been suggested that Jerusalem could be the English National Anthem because unofficially, it already is, and has been used at the Commonwealth games to represent England.
The Bill was proposed by fellow Labour MP, Toby Perkins. Gwynne voted in favour by signalling his agreement when John Bercow, the Speaker, asked the House whether it agreed that the Bill should proceed. The Bill is unlikely to become law, but it will join the long list of Private Members’ Bills currently being considered by the House of Commons.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The English identity is distinct from the British identity, just as Scottish and Welsh identities are distinct too. It is about time we got our own anthem.”