Don Foster MP*


Bath’s MP, Don Foster who is Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, has criticised the decision to hold the parade for England’s Rugby World Cup heroes on a school day and proposed an alternative.

Main ImageDon has tabled a Parliamentary Motion calling for the event to be rescheduled for Monday 22nd December, when the school Christmas holiday will be underway and the team will be free from weekend playing commitments. He said:

“The decision to schedule England’s victory parade on a school day is ludicrous. One of the great benefits of the World Cup triumph has been the enthusiasm for rugby generated among the nation’s youngsters. To exclude them from the celebrations is unfair on both the players and the children alike.”

Don added that organisational difficulties could be avoided:

“If the availability of the Queen and Prime Minister is the problem, then why not separate the parade from the formal congratulations at Buckingham Palace and Downing Street. To deprive children of participating in this occasion cannot be justified.”

Text of Early Day Motion:


That this House congratulates the England Rugby Team on their World Cup victory; recognises the tremendous effect on young people that this achievement has inspired; notes with concern that the parade organised for the team is being held on a school day, excluding the thousands of schoolchildren who will be unable to attend; requests that the parade be rescheduled for Monday 22nd December and, if necessary, the team’s appointments with the Queen and the Prime Minister be made separate from the parade.

This article published: 02/12/2023

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