Extending Sunday shopping hours could have a devastating effect on small shopping centres like Stockport leading to stores being shut and job losses, according to Ann Coffey MP.
Ms Coffey says that longer Sunday trading hours would mean that smaller shopping centres like Stockport would lose out to larger centres like Manchester City Centre and Trafford Park.
It would also have a big impact on three million retail staff and their families nationally as shop workers were pressurised into working longer hours on a Sunday.
Ms Coffey joined shop workers at an USDAW lobby of Parliament to oppose Government proposals to devolve Sunday trading laws to local authorities and elected mayors,
“Changes to Sunday shopping hours would suck the lifeblood out of small shopping centres like Stockport because the bigger shopping areas in Manchester City Centre and Trafford Park would be open all hours.
“The current law is a good compromise. It balances the wish of people to have the opportunity to shop on a Sunday against the well-being of shop workers and smaller town centres.
“I cannot see any reason for it to be changed. I have seen no clamour for all day and all night shopping from my constituents or indeed from local businesses.”
“Extending Sunday trading does not mean customers have more money to spend, it would not create jobs and could lead to the closure of smaller stores. So this is not a way to boost the local economy or help town centres.”
The government held a recent consultation on the issue and is now considering the results.