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Public holiday call to Brown.

GORDON BROWN is being urged to introduce three more public holidays to bring Britain into line with the rest of Europe.

Britain has eight public holidays each year, which is behind France with 11, Spain (12), Portugal (14) and Cyprus (16).

Mr Brown has said he is looking at creating a British Day to promote national pride, similar to American Independence Day and Bastille Day in France.

Adrian Hobbs, managing director of Flex Recruitment, which has offices in Walsgrave Road, Coventry, said: "The idea of a British Day would bond people together and improve our collective national identity.

"But I think we should have three additional days holiday a year to bring us in line with the rest of Europe because we're the poor man when it comes to holidays.

"Britain has fewer public holidays than any other country in Europe."

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Date:Feb 6, 2006
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