Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara speaks out against extended Sunday trading during Olympic Games

ShopsBarbara has voted against the Government’s plans to suspend Sunday trading laws during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

Many small retailers are opposed to the proposals, as they feel they will lose business to larger stores and supermarkets during longer Sunday trading hours.

Retail staff are also against the move, with a survey for the retail union USDAW finding that 77% of members surveyed opposed the suspension of Sunday trading laws during the Olympic Games. The measures were forced through the Commons on the last sitting day of the Parliamentary session, with insufficient time to debate amendments put forward by Labour Shadow Ministers.

Barbara said:

“The Conservative-led Government has forced through this measure on the last sitting day in the Commons, with just four hours of debate. For many people working in the retail sector, the Bill will mean them giving up Sundays with their families to work extended hours.”

“I am a strong supporter of the Olympics and Paralympics but I don’t see a reason for the Government to force through extended shopping hours on Sundays linked to this major sporting event. There are real concerns that this proposal would lead further relaxation of Sunday trading laws and I am strongly opposed to that. People who work in shops need time off and they need time to spend with their families and friends. This Bill takes this time away from them. I voted against it and would strongly oppose any plan to relax Sunday trading laws in future.”


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