Lord Hanningfield is the most important councillor in Essex – he’s the leader of the Conservative Group that runs the County Council. He’s now had a an idea. According to the BBC:
Lord Hanningfield, Conservative leader of Essex County Council, has called on the government to allow local bank holidays to celebrate local heroes.
“Helen Mirren is a great ambassador for Essex”, he said.
“Ditch the old stereotypes, Dame Helen is the perfect example of the hot bed of talent that we have in Essex.”
The 61-year-old actress was born in Leigh-on-Sea and attended school in Southend.
Lord Hanningfield added: “We want to celebrate her tremendous achievement in winning an Oscar.
“To celebrate this achievement I will therefore be asking the government whether they will allow us the power to designate a bank holiday in her honour throughout Essex.”
There’s a few problems with this idea: