Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara pledges to vote against extending Sunday opening hours in large shops

ShopsBarbara has said she plans to vote against changes proposed by a Conservative MP which would extend Sunday opening hours in large stores.

Conservative MP Philip Davies has tabled amendments to the Deregulation Bill which would remove restrictions on Sunday opening hours. The changes are due to be voted on by MPs when they return in the new Parliamentary session in June.

Currently large stores are allowed to open for only six hours on Sundays. This provides stores with the opportunity to trade whilst giving shopworkers a break and time to spend with family and friends.

Barbara said:

One in five people employed in Salford work in retail, so any changes to Sunday opening hours could affect thousands of people. I know that Sunday is the only day that many families can spend together and it is important to many of them that we keep Sundays special.

 Over half of retail staff say that they already receive unwanted pressure to work on Sundays. Changing the current six hour restrictions on Sunday opening would make this pressure worse and could cause disruption to family life.

I have written to Business Secretary Vince Cable to ask him and his Ministerial colleagues to join me in voting against this attempt by a Conservative MP to alter our Sunday trading laws”



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