- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
On Monday 30 April 2012, Valerie voted against the Bill to suspend Sunday Trading for 8 weeks during the Olympic Games.
Speaking during the Bill’s Second Reading in the House of Commons, Valerie said:
“The workers are against the Bill, small businesses are against it, and it is against family values. No-one wants it, and the majority of the British people will gain no benefit from it. I urge Members to vote against the Bill.”
In a GfK NOP poll in 2010, 89% of the public were opposed to further liberalisation of Sunday trading laws.
Usdaw the leading retail workers union found in a poll in 2010 that:
- 77% oppose the longer opening hours. Only 12% support it.
- 48% believe already under pressure to work on Sundays when they do not want to
- 71% believe longer Sunday opening hours will lead to more pressure to work on Sundays
The Bill was passed at Third Reading by 272 votes to 125. Valerie acted as a Teller for the Noes. You can read Valerie’s speech in Hansard by clicking here.