The policy – first announced in last year’s general election manifesto – would see March 1, March 17, April 23 and November 30 all declared public holidays.

They would be added to the existing eight bank holidays British workers get each year.

Speaking at a union conference in Bournemouth, Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would give “Britain’s workers the break they deserve” if they got power.

He said: “If we win the next election, St George’s Day will become a national holiday for Britain’s workers.

“It will be a day where we can all show our pride and celebrate our country’s tradition of fairness, inclusivity and social justice.”

“Our values of a fair and inclusive society are our country’s best values, and those shared values will be celebrated by making St George’s Day a national holiday.”

But experts at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) have estimated the average bank holiday comes with a £2.3bn price tag – hitting Britain’s already poor productivity levels.

It came as a damning new report highlighted how Labour activists were ashamed to talk about England for fear of appealing to racists.

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