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Technology Minister, Chris Philip, is in ardent support of the re-introduction of the tradition, ‘the more that we hear the National Anthem sung, frankly, the better.’ Similarly, Andrew Rosindell, the Conservative MP for Romford, argued the anthem delivered a ‘great sense of unity and pride’ and called for it to be re-aired on public services. Previously in 2016, Rosindell requested that the BBC re-instate the anthem in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, the corporation subsequently rejected his appeal. In defence of the BBC’s decision,  Gary Lineker, a presenter for the organisation, ironically tweeted ‘yeah, let’s be less British and more North Korean’. The BBC argued that due to its 24-hour coverage, the reintroduction of the anthem was unnecessary. 

Originally titled ‘God save the King’, the patriotic song was first performed in London in 1745. The custom of greeting monarchs with the anthem followed shortly after. At the turn of the 19th century the piece became known as the National Anthem. 

The BBC has yet to comment on the request of the ministers. 

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