Sing national anthem at Labour conference, party members urged

Lisa Nandy, the shadow levelling up secretary, says it is important to demonstrate patriotism after death of Queen Elizabeth II

Lisa Nandy said: ‘I’ve never understood how sections of the Left can believe that somehow being proud of your country is not a Labour tradition’ Credit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph

Labour members are being urged to join in with singing the national anthem at the party’s conference, which begins this weekend.

Lisa Nandy, the shadow levelling up secretary, said it was important for those on the Left to demonstrate their patriotism after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Singing the anthem would be a break with tradition for Labour, which traditionally ends its conferences with socialist anthem The Red Flag.

It will also be a test of how much the party has changed under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer.

In 2015 Jeremy Corbyn, his predecessor, remained silent during the national anthem at the Battle of Britain memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral, his first ceremonial event since being elected Labour leader.

Tributes to the Queen on first day

Speaking to Friday’s Chopper’s Politics podcast, Ms Nandy confirmed that delegates will be asked to sing the National Anthem after tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.

She said: “Yes, we do tributes to the Queen on the first day of the conference. Keir will open with that and we will sing the national anthem.

“I’ve never understood how sections of the Left can believe that somehow being proud of your country is not a Labour tradition. Being part of something bigger than yourself by the strength of our common endeavour – we achieve more than we do alone. That is the core of our message.”

The anthem will come a day after campaign group Labour for a Republic holds an event on the fringe of the conference, discussing whether the monarch was “at odds with Labour values”.

Sir Keir won widespread praise for the tributes he has paid to the late Queen and King Charles III over the past fortnight.

A spokesman for the leader distanced him from the Labour for a Republic meeting, saying: “It’s a fringe meeting – nothing to do with us. I refer you to everything Keir has done and said in the last 10 days.”

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