MP says ‘large number’ of Tories would rebel over Sunday trading

Monday, June 22, 2020

Conservative MP Bob Blackman has said a “large number” of his party would be willing to vote against the government over proposed plans to extend Sunday trading hours.

Boris Johnson is reportedly considering suspending Sunday trading laws for one year, enabling larger supermarkets to open for more than six hours, to stimulate the economy amid the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Ian Collins, Mr Blackman said he and his colleagues believed the move was “too high risk”.

The Harrow East MP said: “Our smaller shops are hanging on by their fingernails.

“If we allow the larger shops to open for extended hours on a Sunday and basically go to seven day a week shopping, then it will be the death knell of our small shops.”

Mr Blackman is one of a number of MPs who have written to Boris Johnson to voice their concerns over the move.

“I and many colleagues have written to the Prime Minister saying that we’re against this and we’re prepared to vote against it if it comes to the House of Commons.

“And also I can say that a large number of Conservative MPs in the background, who don’t want to be named, are also supportive of not changing the compromise.”

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