A team from Thomas Cook has met the Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment Lord Digby Jones to discuss its campaign for a new bank holiday.

The staff met Lord Jones as part of a delegation which included Shona McIsaac MP and Mike Locke, of Volunteering England’s Community Day campaign. The aim of the meeting was to put forward a positive argument in favour of a new bank holiday.

Thomas Cook executive marketing director Simon Carter said: “The meeting was extremely positive and we are grateful to the minister for seeing the delegation – particularly for his offer to convey our views to his ministerial colleagues.

“The best way to move this campaign forward is to ask the public to put pen to paper and ask their local MPs for support.”

The meeting was held in response to a parliamentary question raised in the House of Lords by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock.

Thomas Cook handed in a petition of £522,000 signatures at the end of March and people are continuing to add their names.