POLL: England could adopt own national anthem as MPs prepare to vote

What would you like to see as the National Anthem of England?
What would you like to see as the National Anthem of England?

Debate is raging as MPs are expected to vote on whether England should adopt its own official national anthem.

God Save the Queen, the national anthem for the UK as a whole, is currently used for England during most sporting events.

However, MP Toby Perkins believes England needs its own anthem.

That view is shared by a number of campaigners and now it will be put to an MP vote.

If the vote is passed the bill will be debated again at a second reading - which is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the bill.

Mr Perkins, who represents Chesterfield, wants a public consultation to decide on the best song, and said people could opt for something traditional or new.

"England is a component part of the UK but it competes as a country in its own right and I think a song that celebrated England rather than Britain would be more appropriate," he said.

Campaign groups have long argued that Jerusalem should be adopted as England’s official anthem, but what other songs would be suitable?
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