Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs campaign to keep Sunday special

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing a campaign to protect Sunday trading hours.

It has been announced that on Wednesday a Backbench Amendment to the Government’s Deregulation Bill could be tabled that would see Sunday trading extended beyond six hours for large stores.

Many trade groups and retailers have spoken out against the move, with John Lewis boss Andy Street saying last month that existing laws provide “a very good balance” for staff and shoppers.

Ian Austin said:

“I’ve heard from lots of local shop workers who tell me they already work evenings and weekends to make ends meet, and think hours should be limited on Sundays so they can spend at least some time with children, friends and family.

“Even large retailers like John Lewis are saying that opening for 150 hours a week is more than enough, so I’m backing the campaign to keep Sundays special.”

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