Keep Sunday Special
Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, has supported the Keep Sunday Special coalition’s campaign to oppose the Government’s proposal to devolve Sunday trading regulations.
Members of shopworkers union Usdaw and convenience store owners met with MPs during a lobby of Parliament to explain how extended opening in large stores will reduce trade for small stores and lead to even more retail staff in large stores being pressured to work longer hours on Sundays.
Labour will oppose the Government’s last-minute attempt to change the law in Parliament.
Steve Reed said
The existing laws on Sunday Trading are an important compromise between employees, communities, and businesses. It means everyone gets what they want: retailers can trade, customers can shop, staff can work – all whilst Sunday remains a special day.
The Government’s plans are bad for shopworkers and their families, so I am pleased to be supporting the Keep Sunday Special campaign.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.