Conservative MP Philip Davies is hoping to introduce changes to law through Commons Bill

Anger as MP bids to relax rulings on Sunday trading

Anger as MP bids to relax rulings on Sunday trading

First published in News

A shopworkers’ trade union has criticised Shipley MP Philip Davies over his bid to rip up Sunday trading laws.

The Conservative backbencher is leading a Commons attempt to loosen the restrictions, imposed 20 years ago in a bid to ‘keep Sunday special’ following pressure from church groups.

Mr Davies has tabled a series of amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill which were expected to be debated this week, but have now been delayed until next month.

He said: “Many consumers would, for example, like the opportunity to shop freely at a large store on a Sunday, as they already can in Scotland.

“I agree with extending the rights of consumers to spend their money in whichever shops they want, whenever they want on a Sunday.”

The call triggered a furious response from John Hannett, general secretary of the Usdaw union, who warned it would deny shopworkers a vital “breather”.

Mr Hannett said: “It would be a scandal if the Government were to do anything other than oppose these amendments.

“The Sunday Trading Act offered a fair compromise between competing views that allowed large stores some opportunity to trade, whilst largely retaining Sunday as a special day and giving shopworkers a breather in an otherwise 24-hour-a-day industry.

“Many retailers have recognised that extending the hours of opening would simply increase overheads without raising extra revenue through the tills, and that is the last thing the sector needs in what are difficult times for most.”

The amendments would: l Allow larger stores to open for eight hours on a Sunday – rather then just six – between 10am and 8pm.

l Exempt garden centres altogether from the Sunday Trading Act.

l Suspend the Act during this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games and next year’s Rugby World Cup.

At present, retail park shops usually open between 11am and 5pm, while many opt for 10am to 4pm.

However, the restrictions do not apply in Scotland, although workers have the right to refuse to work on a Sunday.

During the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Sunday trading laws were suspended by the Government on eight successive weekends.

However, it was described as a temporary measure and the Government is not thought to be considering a further loosening of the laws.

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4:25pm Thu 15 May 14

Not so simple says...

People must not be forced to work Sundays: we are a Christian country ( the Queen is the protector) and we must retain certain Christian values: most of these Christian values are also adopted by the other Abrahamic faiths and until the queen says we are no longer a Christian country we should not force people to work Sundays.

People need time to spend with their families; people have a life outside work and this should be respected.

Big business should be slapped into touch and should not be allowed to take away special family time from people.

We have major issues in this country with kids going wild, unemployment issues, family breakdowns and a society developing without any morals or ethical codes: it's about time we took a look at the nanny state and asked serious questions of it. I love this country, actually I love all the planets and all creation: let's keep it good for our future generations as we do not want our kids and gran kids to be working all the hours God sends just to make ends meet: society of economic slaves awaiting their savior; save yourself whilst you can and learn to respect and tolerate one another whilst we can.
People must not be forced to work Sundays: we are a Christian country ( the Queen is the protector) and we must retain certain Christian values: most of these Christian values are also adopted by the other Abrahamic faiths and until the queen says we are no longer a Christian country we should not force people to work Sundays. People need time to spend with their families; people have a life outside work and this should be respected. Big business should be slapped into touch and should not be allowed to take away special family time from people. We have major issues in this country with kids going wild, unemployment issues, family breakdowns and a society developing without any morals or ethical codes: it's about time we took a look at the nanny state and asked serious questions of it. I love this country, actually I love all the planets and all creation: let's keep it good for our future generations as we do not want our kids and gran kids to be working all the hours God sends just to make ends meet: society of economic slaves awaiting their savior; save yourself whilst you can and learn to respect and tolerate one another whilst we can. Not so simple
  • Score: 4

5:31pm Thu 15 May 14

cockadoodledo says...

I totally isagree with Mr Davies, we already have 24hour shopping at the big supermarkets, 6 hours shoing on Sundays, how much more do we need?
Retail staff should not be forcedinto extra hours on a Sunday they need the time to send with teir families.
Would this jut be the start of things to come,pubs and bookies open earlier andlater,that would do alot of goodor families!
Mr Davies MP. are you running out of ideas for more publicity, you are the guys with all the weeks and weeks off from Parliament, think of othersin the retail trade for once.
Put your mind to better use and sort Bingley out, thats what you are paid for!!
I totally isagree with Mr Davies, we already have 24hour shopping at the big supermarkets, 6 hours shoing on Sundays, how much more do we need? Retail staff should not be forcedinto extra hours on a Sunday they need the time to send with teir families. Would this jut be the start of things to come,pubs and bookies open earlier andlater,that would do alot of goodor families! Mr Davies MP. are you running out of ideas for more publicity, you are the guys with all the weeks and weeks off from Parliament, think of othersin the retail trade for once. Put your mind to better use and sort Bingley out, thats what you are paid for!! cockadoodledo
  • Score: 0

6:24pm Thu 15 May 14

awasteoftime says...

This is typical of MP's who have just broken up early as they have run out of matters to deal in the House. MP's get more holidays than Teachers and yet they still want a large pay rise its time 150 of them were made redundant.
Retails units are open plenty of hours as it is many open 24hours. Any increase on Sunday would in reality push up costs as more staff will be required to work longer hours. There is currently plenty of shopping time through Monday-Saturday and shorter hours on a Sunday. There must be more to life than just shopping and the local MP should be dealing with more pressing issues.
This is typical of MP's who have just broken up early as they have run out of matters to deal in the House. MP's get more holidays than Teachers and yet they still want a large pay rise its time 150 of them were made redundant. Retails units are open plenty of hours as it is many open 24hours. Any increase on Sunday would in reality push up costs as more staff will be required to work longer hours. There is currently plenty of shopping time through Monday-Saturday and shorter hours on a Sunday. There must be more to life than just shopping and the local MP should be dealing with more pressing issues. awasteoftime
  • Score: 3

7:21pm Thu 15 May 14

freespeech says...

Typical rubbish from a guy that is out of touch. My personal view is to scale down Sunday trading hours for these big national companies. And force them to respect Bank Holidays too! Is this a local issue his constitutes wanted him to push for?
Typical rubbish from a guy that is out of touch. My personal view is to scale down Sunday trading hours for these big national companies. And force them to respect Bank Holidays too! Is this a local issue his constitutes wanted him to push for? freespeech
  • Score: 2

7:31pm Thu 15 May 14

sam-tyler says...

Retail workers....meh!

My wife is a staff nurse. She, like all nurses/Doctors/etc, has to work on Sundays, Bank holidays, Easter, Christmas day, Boxing day, New years day.
Retail workers....meh! My wife is a staff nurse. She, like all nurses/Doctors/etc, has to work on Sundays, Bank holidays, Easter, Christmas day, Boxing day, New years day. sam-tyler
  • Score: -1

7:48pm Thu 15 May 14

cockadoodledo says...

sam-tyler wrote:
Retail workers....meh!

My wife is a staff nurse. She, like all nurses/Doctors/etc, has to work on Sundays, Bank holidays, Easter, Christmas day, Boxing day, New years day.
Retail is a lot different to nursing. A Menmber of our family is also nurse, often working nights, weekends and bank holidays, the rewards are overtime . This not so in the retail trade .There is no requirement for extra opening hour, on line shopping also. Mr Davies is just wanting publicity .
[quote][p][bold]sam-tyler[/bold] wrote: Retail workers....meh! My wife is a staff nurse. She, like all nurses/Doctors/etc, has to work on Sundays, Bank holidays, Easter, Christmas day, Boxing day, New years day.[/p][/quote]Retail is a lot different to nursing. A Menmber of our family is also nurse, often working nights, weekends and bank holidays, the rewards are overtime . This not so in the retail trade .There is no requirement for extra opening hour, on line shopping also. Mr Davies is just wanting publicity . cockadoodledo
  • Score: 0

9:20pm Thu 15 May 14

i'dliketosay says...

The ubiquitous Mr Davies is at it again with a feeble excuse to appear in the news. The bellies of large stores can never be filled and close but rarely. Leave the poor blighters alone and let them have some time for their families.
The ubiquitous Mr Davies is at it again with a feeble excuse to appear in the news. The bellies of large stores can never be filled and close but rarely. Leave the poor blighters alone and let them have some time for their families. i'dliketosay
  • Score: 0

11:43pm Thu 15 May 14

Deborah Daniels says...

The argument against the proposal to allow Sunday trading because it follows that people will be forced to work on Sundays is flawed.
The propsal merely advocates a freedom to do as people may wish. No-one is being forced to take a job which involves working on Sundays
The argument against the proposal to allow Sunday trading because it follows that people will be forced to work on Sundays is flawed. The propsal merely advocates a freedom to do as people may wish. No-one is being forced to take a job which involves working on Sundays Deborah Daniels
  • Score: 1

3:17am Fri 16 May 14

dellorri says...

How strange that just yesterday in the T&A, there was a poll on this very subject, and miracle of miracles, the "YES" vote won, and today there is an article about Philip Davies campaigning for the very same thing.
Then the day before yesterday, there was a poll on whether benefit cheats should go to prison, and once again the "YES" vote won, followed by yesterday...... An article about Philip Davies MP campaigning about the very same thing.
How amazing thet the T&A should run a poll, just as an MP is campaigning on something, isn't that a surprise? Do my words sound a trifle sarcastic? that's possibly because they're meant to, I don't think it's any great coincidence, with the local and EU elections just round the corner, that Mr. Davies is piping up, I also don't think it's any surprise the T&A is backing him. I am rather surprised nobody else noticed it though, it's pretty blooming obvious.
How strange that just yesterday in the T&A, there was a poll on this very subject, and miracle of miracles, the "YES" vote won, and today there is an article about Philip Davies campaigning for the very same thing. Then the day before yesterday, there was a poll on whether benefit cheats should go to prison, and once again the "YES" vote won, followed by yesterday...... An article about Philip Davies MP campaigning about the very same thing. How amazing thet the T&A should run a poll, just as an MP is campaigning on something, isn't that a surprise? Do my words sound a trifle sarcastic? that's possibly because they're meant to, I don't think it's any great coincidence, with the local and EU elections just round the corner, that Mr. Davies is piping up, I also don't think it's any surprise the T&A is backing him. I am rather surprised nobody else noticed it though, it's pretty blooming obvious. dellorri
  • Score: -1

12:33pm Fri 16 May 14

Count Jim Moriarty says...

If the T&A must give publicity to this self-important puffed-up buffoon, how about questioning about his links with, and acceptance of hospitality from the betting industry.
If the T&A must give publicity to this self-important puffed-up buffoon, how about questioning about his links with, and acceptance of hospitality from the betting industry. Count Jim Moriarty
  • Score: 1

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