Keir Starmer Among Those Individuals Advocating for a Bank Holiday in the UK


UK (Parliament Politic Magazine) – As England readies itself for the Women’s World Cup final against Spain this Sunday, speculation arises about the possibility of a new addition to the calendar—a bank holiday—if the Lionesses secure victory in the tournament. Although the government has indicated that it does not currently have any intentions of implementing an additional bank holiday in the event of the team’s victory, certain prominent individuals in the public sphere hold the belief that introducing a bank holiday would be a favorable course of action. Notable proponents of an extra bank holiday include Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, and Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Sarina Wiegman in Favor of an Additional Holiday

Sarina Wiegman, the manager of the England national football team, is also in favor of an additional bank holiday to honor her team’s achievements. There is a growing demand for an extra bank holiday in the event of an England victory in the World Cup. Sir Keir, expressing his thoughts on X, the platform formerly referred to as Twitter, stated,

“Nearly six decades have passed since England’s World Cup triumph. While I remain cautious in my outlook… I firmly believe that a festive bank holiday is warranted if the Lionesses secure victory.”

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, expressed, “A historic milestone has been achieved by the Lionesses as they reach the final, serving as a profound source of inspiration for athletes throughout the nation. Securing victory in the World Cup would stand as an extraordinary accomplishment, one that unquestionably warrants commemorating through the declaration of a bank holiday.”

England’s head coach, Sarina Wiegman, reflected on the enthusiasm of the English crowd, stating, “Clearly, there is a strong desire for it among the English supporters here. My focus remains on football and the upcoming match; our complete dedication is towards winning tomorrow’s game.”

Gurinder Chadha Expresses His Views on Bank Holiday

Gurinder Chadha, the director of “Bend It Like Beckham,” responded to the government’s hesitance towards a bank holiday proposition, expressing on Channel 4 news, “In the event that the men’s team were to win the World Cup, I’m certain they would embrace the idea without hesitation. Thus, a significant acknowledgment, whether in the form of a national holiday or some other manner, is undeniably deserved.”

Chadha lauded the Lionesses, noting their driving force, and confidently stated, “While Spain presents a formidable team, I firmly believe that this World Cup belongs to England; it’s their moment, our collective moment.”

Paul Nowak, the general secretary of TUC, shared his anticipation for the Lionesses’ success on Sunday, remarking, “The fervent hope is that our remarkable Lionesses can clinch victory. Should they triumph, it is incumbent upon the Government to demonstrate generosity by enabling the nation to revel in this achievement through the designation of a special bank holiday. To deny this would be lacking in a spirit of goodwill.”

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Will an Extra Bank Holiday Be Designated in Case of an England World Cup Victory?

The government appears to hold reservations about introducing an extra bank holiday to honor the Lionesses in the event of a World Cup triumph. However, a representative assures that the government will identify an appropriate approach to celebrate the victory.

A government spokesperson remarked, “Securing victory in the World Cup would constitute a significant national moment, and rest assured, we will identify an appropriate manner to commemorate it. Just as Sarina Wiegman herself has articulated, our primary focus lies on the final match, and the entire nation will be fervently supporting the Lionesses this upcoming weekend.”

These comments followed an earlier statement provided to the BBC, which similarly conveyed, “The existing arrangement of public and bank holidays is firmly established, and there are no intentions to alter this.”

A petition has been initiated on the Parliament’s official website, urging the declaration of a national bank holiday.  According to a House of Commons library report from 2010, the government at that time estimated that introducing an additional bank holiday would result in a £2.9 billion economic cost.

In the previous month, official statistics were released, revealing a contraction in the UK economy during May. This downturn was attributed to businesses throughout the nation observing an extra bank holiday to celebrate the King’s Coronation.

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.