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Ten Minute Rule Bill: Magna Carta bank holiday

On 7 September 2011, Tory MP Eleanor Laing proposed a bill to create a special bank holiday to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

The public holiday would be held on 15 June 2015 - the exact anniversary of the charter.

The Magna Carta is a collection of documents, from different dates, all referred to under the same collective name.

The first document was sealed by King John at Runnymede Meadow in Surrey in 1215.

The charter guaranteed basic freedoms and property rights to "free men" and forms part of the common law of England today.


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