How many people identify as English in Herefordshire?


The quantity of people that establish as English in Herefordshire has been revealed.

St George’s Day – a celebration of England’s patron saint and the nation’s historical past – is on Tuesday, April 23.

However the newest inhabitants survey from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics, which covers all of final yr, exhibits simply 43 per cent of individuals in England mentioned they recognized as English.

Respondents can choose as many choices as they like from British, English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish or ‘different’.

In Herefordshire, 52 per cent of individuals mentioned they recognized as English final yr – down from 56 per cent within the yr to June 2016, earlier than the Brexit referendum.

This was according to a decade earlier, whereas it was 50 per cent in 2004.

Nationally, the variety of folks figuring out as English has broadly fallen during the last decade.

Some 52 per cent mentioned they had been English within the yr to June 2016, whereas this rose to 54 per cent in 2013. It was as excessive as 59 per cent in 2004.

Sunder Katwala, director of the British Future suppose tank, which works to advertise range and social inclusion, mentioned: “Folks’s sense of Englishness ebbs and flows. You will see a number of England flags in June when the Three Lions are competing within the Euros, after which they will disappear once more.

“We may do much more to have fun English identification outdoors of main sporting moments, in an inclusive manner – flying the flag with delight and ensuring everybody feels invited to the celebration on St George’s Day.

“Getting behind a shared English identification may assist deliver folks collectively.”

Nevertheless, the Centre for English Id and Politics on the College of Southampton, mentioned the findings needs to be approached with warning.

Its director, Professor John Denham, mentioned many individuals solely choose one response, regardless of having “a number of identities”.

He added the British social attitudes survey suggests there was a rise within the numbers saying they’re equally English and British, however a smaller rise within the numbers saying they’re British quite than English.

In Herefordshire, 48 per cent of respondents mentioned they recognized as British – beneath the nationwide common of 57 per cent.


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