Scotland Secretary Alister Jack has suggested that “one of the left-wing” bank holidays could be replaced by a “Union Day” bank holiday.

In a panel at the Conservative Party Conference, he quipped that a new holiday could be created to celebrate the union. 

HeraldScotland: Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack, on stage during the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Convention Centre. Stefan Rousseau/PA WireWelsh Secretary Alun Cairns, Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack, on stage during the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Convention Centre. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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Answering a question on whether the Government should create a Union Day bank holiday at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Jack asked: “Are we replacing it with another bank holiday by any chance?”

When pushed on his answer by the panel chair, Mr Jack said: “Yes, we could get rid of one of the left-wing ones.”

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Following some laughter from the crowd, he added: “Bring in a Union Day.”