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Politics – Sunday trading

December 2015

The majority of people in Britain believe that family life of shop workers will suffer if the government presses ahead with its plans to relax the Sunday trading laws.

According to a poll of 2000 members of the public, commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), 57 per cent of respondents said they believed that the family life of shop workers would be one of the first casualties of any relaxed laws.

The Keep Sunday Special campaign gained momentum when the leader of the Labour Party and Her Majesty’s Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, showed his support for the need to keep Sunday special.

Although the consultation has closed, charity CARE has encouraged people to lobby their MPs. In a statement, CARE said, ‘During this period when the government will be looking at consultation responses — and has not yet proposed any legislation to give effect to its proposals — it will be particularly open to the views and concerns of Members of Parliament.

‘In this context we would encourage you to take a moment to email your MP to make them aware of your opposition to any change in the law and to ask them to make the government aware of the widespread public concern about the proposal’.

Meanwhile, Gary Grant, the Christian owner of The Entertainer, a multi-million pound toyshop chain, has said he will not open stores on a Sunday because his faith influences his business.

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