Graham Allen MP backs local shop workers and opposes Government changes to Sunday trading laws

Posted on 27 October 2015 (Permalink)

“I believe the current Sunday trading laws offer a fair chance for consumers to do their shopping, whilst keeping Sunday special, I therefore support Usdaw in opposing the changes to Sunday trading laws” said Graham Allen MP

Graham attended an Usdaw lobby of Parliament to oppose the Government’s proposal to devolve Sunday trading regulations.

Usdaw members, who work in retail, met with MPs to explain how extended opening in large stores will lead to even more retail staff being pressured to work longer hours on Sundays, which is why over 90% of shop workers oppose any extension to Sunday trading hours.

Graham Allen, Labour MP for Nottingham North said: “The Sunday Trading Act is a great British compromise, which has worked well for over 20 years and gives everyone a little bit of what they want. Retailers can trade, customers can shop, staff can work; whilst Sunday remains a special day, different to other days, and shop workers can spend some time with their family.

“I am convinced that shops are currently open long enough for people to do their shopping and that Sunday should remain a special day, different to any other. I oppose devolving Sunday trading because it will lead to longer opening hours. 

“Extending Sunday trading does not mean customers have more money to spend, it would not create jobs and is likely to lead to the closure of smaller stores. So this is not a way to boost the local economy or help town centres. It would be detrimental to shop workers and their families, as well as wider society, so I am pleased to be supporting Usdaw’s campaign.”