Throughout my time in Parliament I have called for our national day to be a bank holiday.
My suggestion is that as part of it, every school should become the focus of community activity with a full sports programme of activities, engaging the community, a culmination of school sport through the year. Schools football finals could be played, perhaps in some cities in iconic stadiums.
I would also make it a charity day with a major charity fundraising event similar to Children in Need, to focus on a day where the nation can celebrate everything that is English.
In an interview with LBC Radio this morning Nick Clegg accused Simon Danczuk of “airbrushing” Cyril Smith’s Labour Party past.
John Mann said “This is an outrageous attack on campaigning Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk. Nick Clegg has clearly not read the book Simon Danczuk wrote in which he highlights the role of Labour MP and whip Jack McCann.”
“Nick Clegg should apologise to Simon Danczuk & the people of Rochdale. He should also open up all Lib Dem files on Cyril Smith for public scrutiny, including all files on Lib Dem investigations into Rochdale.”