Staff backed fight against longer opening

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

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Supermarket staff from Blackpool have been praised for their role in helping throw out plans to extend Sunday trading hours.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden met with Flo Glennon, Yvonne Matheson, Martin Baker and James Fowler from Tesco Extra on Clifton Road, who are also members of shopworkers union Usdaw.

I have always championed the needs of local shops and businesses in Blackpool, but also keeping the work-life balance reasonable for shop workers and their families

They collected 94 signatures as part of a wider national petition to ‘Keep Sunday Special’.

The Government proposals were defeated after Mr Marsden and other MPs from both sides of the House rejected plans to allow councils to extend opening hours by 317 votes to 286.

Mr Marsden, who is also a shadow business minister, said: “I have always championed the needs of local shops and businesses in Blackpool, but also keeping the work-life balance reasonable for shop workers and their families. I know how important this is for hundreds of shop workers across the town for them and their families.

“That’s why I wanted to meet with and thank Flo, Yvonne, Martin and James for their efforts and the important part they played in the successful “Keep Sunday Special” Campaign.”

Gordon added: “I was pleased to hear about some of the projects the staff at Tesco Extra are getting involved with in the community.”

This includes donating the 5p plastic bag ‘levy’ to charity.