Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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MP's survey shows massive support to keep Sunday special

A survey of thousands of Dudley residents has found overwhelming opposition to Government plans to change Sunday trading laws.

The survey was conducted by Dudley MP Ian Austin and found that nearly nine in ten local residents are opposed to extend Sunday opening hours for large shops. The MP also met with shopworkers in Parliament to hear their views on the issue.

Austin decided to consult residents ahead of votes later this week on Government proposals that would give local councils the power to extend opening hours.

He sent a detailed survey to over 5,000 residents and received over 1,000 responses.

Over 80 percent of residents opposed the plans to devolve Sunday trading outright or felt that decisions on Sunday trading should be taken nationally. They also expressed concerns for shopworkers, with eight in ten saying they felt they were put under too much pressure to work on Sundays.

Austin has announced that he plans to vote against the Government’s proposals, saying that that the current compromise helps hard working people spend time with their families.

Ian Austin said:

“When I was a Dudley councillor in the 1990s I asked local people for their views on Conservative plans to allow Sunday trading.

“There was massive opposition to the changes back then, and in my latest survey nine in ten residents say that they’re against extended Sunday opening hours for large shops.

“Local people clearly don’t want the current rules changed, they want a balance between trade, convenience and family life, and I’ll be voting against these changes in Parliament later this week.”

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