MPs pen letter to PM requesting review of Sunday trading laws

Boris Johnson and fellow MPs pen letter to David Cameron asking for more lenient Sunday trading laws

A collection of 40 MPs from up and down the country have wrote a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to fast-track plans to relax the current Sunday trading laws which have not been reviewed since 1994.

MPs request Sunday trading laws review

Larger stores can only open for six hours on Sundays

The open letter was penned by more than 40 MPs throughout England, including London MP Boris Johnson, Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk and Malton MP, and some 40 other MPs from Darlington, Sunderland, Northumberland, York, North Yorkshire, Scarborough, Richmondshire and Cleveland, amongst others. The move was also supported by over 150 nationwide councillors who also welcome a review of the laws.

In accordance with the present Sunday trading laws, larger stores and supermarkets operating within a space of more than 280 square metres can open for only six hours between 10am and 6pm on a Sunday.

The MPs and councillors in favour of a review believe the current Sunday trading laws are outdated and that “nowadays people rightly expect greater flexibility in all aspects of their lives”. The Business Secretary Sajid Javid said that employee’s rights would not be effected and the move could boost the country economy by £1.4bn per year.

The proposal has been met with opposition from church leaders and Usdaw, the shop workers’ union, who claim the introduction of more lenient Sunday trading laws could unsettle family life and is “undesirable and unworkable” for shop workers.

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