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Calls for new bank holiday increase

Published: Monday, 07 January 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Students who are entering into graduate jobs may well have another day off every year after MPs backed plans for an extra bank holiday.

July 5th is the favourite to become a bank holiday as it is the anniversary of the day that the NHS was formed.

Labour MP Howard Stoate said in his backing of the day: "Few other institutions have done as much to tackle inequality and disadvantage in Britain."

This week GMTV will hold a week long debate over which day should be made a new bank holiday. Suggestions include a British Forces Day on the Monday that is closest to Armistice Day, a Beatles Day on February 9th - the day they first played at the Cavern Club and a Diana day on the Monday closest to Princess Diana's birthday.

Britain has eight days off a year through bank holidays which is the second least in Europe.

Bank holidays are labelled as such because it is a time when banks are shut and traditionally this stopped all other businesses from operating.
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