Prince Harry brings bank holiday-backing Labour and Tory MPs together

Written by Nicholas Mairs on 28 November 2017 in Diary

Chuka Umunna and Iain Duncan Smith have found something they can agree on.

A spokesman for the prime minister has said there are "no plans" to call a Bank Holiday to mark Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle. But a gaggle of MPs have come forward to suggest that Number 10 should start making plans.

Labour MP and prolific tweeter John Woodcock has called on the Government to U-turn on their stance, declaring that “only curmudgeons will be in the office anyway”.

Outspoken Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has said the move would be “great news for the economy and for tourism".

And his colleague Andrew Rosindell told The Sun: “Did we have one for William and Kate? I think we did, so why not Harry? Harry must get one too. Let’s make it a great royal celebration!”.

The clamour for a bank holiday has also united Brexit rivals Chuka Umunna and Iain Duncan Smith, it seems.

The pair clashed over Brexit on Good Morning Britain, with Umunna hitting out at the government for covering up impact reports and arguing that Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were undermining negotiations with the European Union.

But the Labour MP subsequently stated: “My sparring partner on GMB former Tory leader Iain Duncan-Smith, and I met Prince Harry this morning! We both called for the Government to grant a Bank Holiday for his wedding.”







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