MP opposes new Sunday trading

Julie Cooper
Julie Cooper

Burnley MP Julie Cooper has explained her reasons for voting against Government plans to extend Sunday trading hours.

The idea suffered a major setback when they were beaten by 317 votes to 286, ending plans to use the Enterprise Bill to give local authorities greater powers to control Sunday opening hours, extending them beyond the current six- hour limit.

Mrs Cooper said: “I have been contacted by many shop workers, church leaders and Unions from across Burnley and Padiham, all united against this plan.

“Not long ago the Prime Minister said that his Government would be the most family friendly, yet changes to Sunday trading laws would inevitably lead to less family time for thousands of people who work in the service industry.

“Let’s not forget also that 64% of British people describe themselves as Christians and there is no doubt that changes to the law will affect some workers’ ability to attend church.

“This is not simply an issue about economics or wages or workers’ protections important as they are, but it goes to the heart of our society which is underpinned by family life.”