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Lisa Nandy sparks outrage with Union Jack jibe at ministers ‘You were happy with EU flag!’

Lisa Nandy discusses Union Jack and patriotism

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Lisa Nandy has received an online backlash after her comments about the Union Jack. The Shadow Foreign Secretary said the use of the flag is not a measure of patriotism. But Twitter users were quick to criticise the Labour MP for her statement.

Speaking to LBC, Ms Nandy said: “We’ve had government ministers wrapping themselves in flags in recent months and invoking the Armed Forces.

“Our patriotism in this country is not measured by the number of flags of display but in the health of our kids, the strength of our communities and the dignity of our workforces.

“That means we do not need just the domestic agenda but a foreign policy agenda to deliver a model that supports jobs in towns across this country rather than what we’ve seen in recent decades which is jobs being out-sourced, wages being depressed, living standards being lost.”

Reflecting on the Labour MP’s comments, one Twitter user wrote: “Labour MPs find the flag offensive but were happy to drape themselves in EU flags. Figure that out.”

Another added: “Labour really don’t get it, do they.”

A third person said: “Least patriotic gang in the playground.”

It comes as the DUP has called for new guidance on the flying of the Union flag to be extended to Northern Ireland.

The national flag is to be flown on UK Government buildings every day in a bid to unite the nation.

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At present, Union Flags are only required to be flown on UK Government buildings on designated days, but the new guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will ask for it to be flown all the time in England, Scotland and Wales.

However, in Northern Ireland, it will continue to be flown only on designated days.

Flags and emblems are a contentious issue among Northern Ireland’s divided communities.

In 2012, the decision of Belfast City Council to reduce the number of days on which the Union flag is flown from City Hall sparked widespread protests and disorder.

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DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said it is “bizarre” that the UK Government is “only deciding in 2021 to fly the Union flag, the flag of our nation, on all Government buildings every day”.

“When I visit other nations around the world, flying the national flag on Government buildings is commonplace,” he said.

“The decision to exclude Northern Ireland at this stage is wrong and runs contrary to New Decade, New Approach which sought to align us with the rest of the UK when it came to the Union flag being flown on Government buildings.

“This is a matter we will be pressing the Government to address.”

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