Video: BBC’s Newsnight plays Sex Pistols God Save the Queen

BBC presenter Kirsty Wark. Picture: BBC

BBC presenter Kirsty Wark. Picture: BBC

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The BBC has given into demands to play God Save the Queen although not the version demanded by a Tory MP.

Conservative MP for Romford Andrew Rosindell called on BBC One to play the national anthem at the end of each day’s programming to “send out a message that Britain is back” after Brexit.

He has tabled an early day motion inspired by the UK’s Brexit vote and the Queen’s 90th birthday.

However BBC political show Newsnight had its own response.

Presenter Kirsty Wark said: “We’re not on BBC1 and it’s not quite the end of the day but we are incredibly happy to oblige. Good night.”

A video of the Sex Pistols version of God Save the Queen then followed.

Mr Rosindell, who campaigned loudly for Britain to leave the EU, told the Telegraph: “The British Broadcasting Corporation should be unashamedly British and playing our British National Anthem once a day on BBC1 is not much to ask.

“They used to do it and it’s time it was restored, to send out a message that Britain is back, following Brexit in tribute to Her Majesty in this, her 90th year!”

It is the MP’s second attempt to restore the practice since he first entered Parliament in 2001.

He wants the channel to play ‘God save the Queen’ after the day’s programming has finished, before the switch over to BBC News 24.

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