Professor Kehinde Andrews, from the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University, insisted both Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory should not be played due to their “racist propaganda” connotations.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Professor Andrews said: “Ban is the wrong word, it’s not censorship.

“It’s saying some songs, particularly on those two, are racist propaganda which celebrates the British Empire which killed tens of millions of people, many of which like myself are descendants of those victims of colonialism.

“It’s totally inappropriate, it’s not about banning censorship, it’s about saying what songs do we want to represent us.

“If, and it’s a big if, we do want an anti-racist Britain, then songs like these should not be celebrated in the proms.”

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