Andrew Gwynne MP encouraged English sports fans to add their name to a new petition calling for a National anthem for England at the petition’s parliamentary launch this week.
The proposal for a new National anthem to be played when England and not Britain are being represented on the sporting field has passed its first stage in Parliament, and following widespread polling support for the idea a new petition has been created to give people across the country the chance to show their support for the idea.
Opinion polls suggest the plan is a popular one with Sky Sports and Daily Mirror polls showing 62% and 71% respectively backing the plan. A further YouGov poll showed just 57% in favour and just 21% against 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.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I encourage people across Tameside and Stockport who back the idea of a National anthem to be used by England to add their name to the petition. God Save the Queen is the United Kingdom’s anthem and should be kept for the UK, and just as England fans have the flag of St George they should have a specifically English anthem.”
Speaking ahead of the launch, Toby Perkins MP who is proposing the bill 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 the 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 petition is available to sign at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119904