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Prime Minister urged to fly Scotland flag over Downing Street to back Murray at Wimbledon

The Government has been urged to raise the Scottish cross of St Andrew above Downing Street in support of Andy Murray's bid to win the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the flag of St George to be flown from the No 10 flagpole during the football World Cup in an effort to unite the UK behind England.

It was hurriedly lowered on Monday and replaced with the traditional Union flag after the team's humiliating exit to Germany in South Africa.

Now Scottish National Party MP Angus MacNeil wants the Prime Minister to prove his stated “respect” for the Union by hoisting the blue and white cross of St Andrew instead.

Glasgow-born Murray takes on world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the men's singles today, with hopes higher than ever that he can take the title.

“We've had the flag of St George for England, let's see the Respect agenda in action and have the flag of St Andrew for Andy Murray,” Mr MacNeil said.

But the Prime Minister's official spokesman played down the prospect.

“I don't think we have any plans to do that at the present time,” he said.

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