St Albans MP appears to give wrong date for Saint Alban's Day at PMQs

PUBLISHED: 17:17 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 28 June 2017

Anne Main. Photo: Office of Anne Main

Anne Main. Photo: Office of Anne Main


It is one of the most important dates in St Albans' calendar - yet the city's MP appeared to give the wrong date for Saint Alban's Day when she was called to speak at prime minister's questions this afternoon.

Mrs Main linked the holiday and the Alban Pilgrimage to a question on protections for religious groups.

She said: “Today is the festival saint’s day of Saint Alban, and his pilgrimage was celebrated on Saturday...”

While the date for the pilgrimage is correct, St Albans cathedral’s website gives this year’s date for the holiday as Friday, June 22 2017.

Mrs Main has been approached for comment.

Saint Alban, the subject of several celebrations in the past few days, was given sainthood after being killed by the Romans for sheltering a priest.

It was on the theme of religious persecution that Mrs Main asked: “What more can be done to protect persons of faith, particularly students on campus who are suffering large amounts of anti-semitism?”

The prime minister said in reply the government was supporting faith groups, including Muslim communities suffering from Islamophobia.

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