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MPs to boycott relaxation of Sunday trading laws

Plans to allow retailers to stay open longer on Sundays have been met with staunch opposition as Tory MPs threaten to boycott the proposals.

Ministers and parliamentary private secretaries (PPSs) have vowed to stop the deregulation of Sunday trading laws, which would give local authorities power to extend Sunday opening hours.

The proposals were unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne last year, but according to a north London MP, they face stiff opposition ahead of next week’s Budget statement.


‘Strength of opposition’

David Burrowes, Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate, said: “There are 23 Conservatives who have signed up to stop the government’s plan to deregulate Sunday trading for large shops and more lined up to oppose or abstain including ministers and PPSs.

“Government should recognise the strength of opposition for a plan that was not in our manifesto and should at least agree a compromise which restricts deregulation to tourist zones.”

Labour and Scottish Labour are also opposed to the relaxation of Sunday trading. Jeremy Corbyn and the leader of Scottish Labour, Kezia Dugdale, have jointly written to the SNP urging the party to stand against the plans.

In the letter, Corbyn and Dugdale said Labour was “strongly opposed” to the Bill, which would “lead to the gradual erosion and diminution of workers’ pay and rights across the UK”, reports Sky News.

  • Paul from Barking

    It’s a shame that they didn’t stand up to the imposition of Gay Marriage which also wasn’t in their 2010 manifesto instead of foisting that on the rest of us?

    A homophobic comment (you may think)? Erm, no… But before you rant away that it must be; consider that we were told that gay marriage is all about love. That’s great. Can I marry my sister? No? Why? The definition of a bigot is someone who denies someoneon else something for the same reasons they enjoy it for themselves!!!!

    If the thought of me having sex with my sister offends you, I have to say it’s choice coming from somone who turns a blind eye to buggery and copraphagia!!