City councillor calls to stop flying Union flag on King's birthday

The Green councillor said the city should fly the the Cuban, transgender and Palestinian flags instead.

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Glasgow City Council has been asked to stop flying the Union flag for the Royal Family’s birthdays – including the birthday of the King – and add dates to display the Cuban, transgender and Palestinian flags among others.

Scottish Greens councillor Dan Hutchison said the current policies are not in line with a “progressive” city and wants the Red Flag for workers to be flown as well as the Ukrainian and German ones.

His motion, to be brought before a full council meeting next week, also calls for the Pakistani flag to be raised as well as the French and Italian.

The councillor has also called for Glasgow to scrap its long-standing policy of flying the Union Jack on dates such as the birthday of His Majesty the King, as well as those of Princess Anne and the Queen Consort, and Commonwealth Day.

Councillor Hutchison’s motion said: “Council agrees that its current flag protocol does not adequately reflect the progressive and internationally minded city of the modern day.”

It continued: “Council agrees that adopting flags such as the transgender Flag and the Red Flag signifies support for both Glasgow’s transgender community and workers, in a similar vein as the current protocol does with International Women’s Day and International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDHBT).”

It recommended the changes and said “council also agrees that Glasgow is an international city, with a rich history of migration, and with a vibrant twin city scheme”.

A flag to celebrate Lunar New Year may also be displayed following consultation.

The motion will be presented at a council meeting next week.

Councillor Hutchison’s motion suggests the following flag flying dates be added:

  • First Monday in May – Mayday – Red Flag
  • April 25 – Liberation Day – Italian Flag
  • July 14 – Bastille Day – French Flag
  • August 14 – Independence Day – Pakistani Flag
  • August 23 – Independence Day – Ukrainian Flag
  • October 3 – Reunification Day – German Flag
  • October 10 – Cuban Independence Day – Cuban Flag
  • November 20- Trans Remembrance Day – Transgender Flag
  • November 29 – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – Palestinian Flag

Councillor Hutchison’s motion also proposes to remove the following dates from the flag flying protocol.

  • January 9 – Birthday of HRH The Princess of Wales – Union
  • January 20 – Countess of Wessex – Union
  • March 10 – Birthday of HRH Earl of Wessex – Union
  • March 2 – Commonwealth Day – Commonwealth Flag
  • June 21 – Birthday of HRH Prince of Wales – Union
  • July 17 – Birthday of HM The Queen Consort – Union
  • August 15 – Birthday of HRH Princess Anne – Union
  • November 14 – Birthday of HM The King – Union
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