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Bill which would give Wales power to create St David’s Day bank holiday tabled

23 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Wales Baroness Christine Humphreys is introducing the Bill which – if passed – would give Wales the power to create bank holidays. Left Picture by Senedd Cymru.

A new Bill which would give Wales the power to create a St David’s Day bank holiday is to be introduced today, 23 November.

The Bill, which would give Wales the power to create bank holidays, is being introduced by Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Wales and former Welsh Assembly Member for North Wales, Baroness Christine Humphreys.

This is a power that is already held by Scotland allowing St Andrew’s Day. 

The UK Government has also already declared St Patrick’s Day in Northern Ireland to be a designated bank holiday.  

If this new piece of legislation makes it through the Houses of Parliament, it would allow the Welsh Government to make the decision on whether or not to designate St David’s Day as a bank holiday.

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Wales, Baroness Humphreys, said: “It is deeply unjust that the people of Wales cannot celebrate our nation’s culture, heritage and status as the people of Scotland and Northern Ireland can.

“Liberal Democrats have taken the first step towards giving the Senedd the power to create bank holidays, now the Conservative Government must allow our Bill to pass.

“Everyone in Wales deserves the opportunity to celebrate who we are and our unique culture which unites us.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS added: “St David’s Day is the day we all come together to celebrate the huge tapestry of Welsh culture and remember our collective history.

“It is only right therefore that St David’s Day, Wales’ national day, is made a public holiday just like St Andrew’s Day in Scotland and St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

“The UK Government needs to back this Bill and give the Senedd the power to legislate for this to happen and recognise that Wales is a proud nation with much to offer, and St David’s Day is a time for us to celebrate all that is great about Wales, from our rich history and culture, to our entrepreneurial spirit.”

Unexpected support

Support for a St David’s Day bank holiday for Wales has come from a perhaps unexpected source – the Telegraph newspaper.

The strongly Conservative and Unionist-leaning newspaper said that “with Scotland and Northern Ireland granted a day off to celebrate their patron saints, it’s only fair that Wales gets one too”.

Former Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland has previously said that Wales can have St David’s Day off – but only if it scraps another bank holiday.


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Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
16 days ago

Un da yw’r Farwnes Humphreys o Lanrwst. Cyfaill i Gymru a’r Gymraeg.

Last edited 16 days ago by Rhufawn Jones
Riki
Riki
16 days ago

The fact that something like this needs a discussion just shows how ridiculous the United Kingdom’s of England is! Oops, did I say England…I meant UK.

Llefain
Llefain
16 days ago

They’ll say no again.
There is not even basic respect for us in Westminster.
I doubt any of them will even feel a pang of guilt about it.

Paul
Paul
16 days ago
Reply to  Llefain

It’s always been like that with regards Wales and always will be like that. The Irish fight the Scottish fight the Welsh just lay down and accept whatever Westminster decides will happen in Wales. It will never change. Never ever !!!!! It’s the price you pay for apathy

Gareth C
Gareth C
16 days ago

We should not have to go cap in hand to ask for a simple thing like a Bank holiday that the other nations take for granted.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
16 days ago

Well its a win win for us. We’ll have the BH if the corrupt institution gives us the go ahead, if it doesn’t that’ll be even more reason why we should push for independence.

Windy
Windy
16 days ago

surely this comes under the constantly used favourite phrase of this government “ levelling up” or is that just another lie

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
16 days ago

Whatever happened to peaceful civil disobedience? Each March 1st, those in favour of a Welsh National Bank Holiday, should vote with their feet, and simply enact said holiday as a physical fact in the real world, legislation or not. Plaid Cymru ought to lead the way on this and would gain massive support as a result. they never, EVER would, of course, because it is led by careerists enjoying their massive salaries relative to the rest of the Welsh population and would never rock the boat on their cushy lifestyles and social status. As I keep saying, we live in… Read more »

Paul
Paul
16 days ago
Reply to  Ivor Schilling

I think what you’re suggesting is illegal under the Tories new anti-protest laws.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
16 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Like, no way!

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
15 days ago
Reply to  Ivor Schilling

You’re not wrong. Personally I have no compunction about dropping the word “peaceful”.
No authoritarian government ever conceded anything because people said please

Paul
Paul
16 days ago

Northern Ireland – 10 bank holidays
Scotland – 9 Bank holidays
Wales and England – 8 bank holidays.

What are the odds that the Tories will sink this bill?

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
15 days ago

Yeah. A bill which be killed stone dead by our English masters in this disUnion of Unequals

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