British flag and Queen's portrait could be hung in schools following Tory councillors calls

Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to Manchester Cathedral to hear about the support they have given to the local community during the last 18 months. Picture date: Thursday July 8, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to Manchester Cathedral to hear about the support they have given to the local community during the last 18 months. Picture date: Thursday July 8, 2021.

The motion, mooted by Oldham councillors as a way of fighting back against 'cancel culture', is titled 'For Queen and Country' and will be debated on Wednesday

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Conservative councillors have filed a motion which could see hundreds of schools expected to show a picture of the Queen, fly Union flags and teach pupils the national anthem.

The motion, titled "for Queen and country", has been touted as a way of fighting back against "cancel culture" and showing how free speech is "cherished" in Britain.

Councillors are expected to debate the motion on Wednesday night - but it will have to pass through the Labour-led council.

If approved, chief executive of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Harry Catherall, will write to Michael Gove and Gavin Williamson asking for support for the plans.

The motion states: "Saying you are proud to be British should not be a source of shame, and there is nothing wrong with patriotism of flying our national flag.

"It is one of many things that binds our society together."

Conservative councillor Dave Arnott, of the Royton North ward, proposed the motion
Conservative councillor Dave Arnott, of the Royton North ward, proposed the motion

It adds: "That the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is in fact a unique bastion of freedom and that we should be proud of the outstanding role it has played across the world in education, art, culture, science, engineering and in exporting democracy and the rule of law.

“We all have heroes in our communities – whether they are historical or present day, and we should properly celebrate these individuals, and their contribution to our country.”

Conservative councillor Dave Arnott, of the Royton North ward, proposed the motion and was seconded by Cllr Pam Byrne.

Philip Rogers, a former Oldham Tory councillor, spoke out against the motion and said councillors' efforts should be focussed elsewhere.

He added: “There are more important things than this like holding the Labour Council to account as an opposition should.”