Romford MP Andrew Rosindell calls for Queen's portrait to be displayed for new arrivals
PUBLISHED: 17:45 11 July 2012
Conservative Andrew Rosindell urged his colleagues to back new laws aimed at promoting pride in the nation for anyone arriving at international terminals.
The cross party-backed bill would also demand the creation of dedicated immigration lanes for citizens of Commonwealth nations, because Mr Rosindell said it was wrong for these people to be treated as foreigners to the UK.
The Romford MP said Commonwealth nations had much closer historic ties to Britain than those of the EU - and said it would give Britons the option to arrive as Commonwealth citizens rather than European ones.
He told the House of Commons: “I believe when visitors arrive at UK Passport Control they should be left in no doubt they have arrived in a confident and proud British nation.
“The Queen’s portrait should be prominently on display at every entry point to the UK without exception, alongside the Royal Coat of Arms, the Union flag, together with the flags of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.”
Mr Rosindell also urged the uniform of the UK Border Agency to be revised, restoring the symbol of the Crown and to re-name the agency as Her Majesty’s Border Police.
Earlier this year Mr Rosindell unearthed a portrait of the Queen amid rubble in the British Embassy in Libya.