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Sunday trading protest outside Yarmouth MP’s office

PUBLISHED: 13:07 11 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:07 11 September 2015

Canon Roger Harper

Canon Roger Harper

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A Nottingham vicar is picketing outside the constituency office of Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, today over proposals to give local authorities power over their Sunday trading hours.

Canon Geoffrey Roger Harper, 58, has been stood outside Mr Lewis’ Gorleston office, on Sussex Road, since 9am this morning asking people to join him in his fight against the new proposals.

Housing minister Mr Lewis has been a part of a government initiative to extend Sunday trading by giving metro mayors and local authorities the power to determine Sunday trading hours.

Canon Harper is handing out flyers in the hope that local residents will sign and oppose to the plans and also has a banner set-up which reads: “No Rest, Ungodly, Inhuman.”

Speaking about his cause, Canon Harper said: “I and a number of people think there are enough Sunday trading hours, people can shop, those who want to shop can shop.

“Brandon Lewis wants to give each local authority the power to make their own decision which will just cause division between and within local authorities and it would be more expensive to administer, with each authority having to do its own administration. A clear national policy which is the accepted compromise is worth keeping.”

Current Sunday trading laws allow all stores to open for six hours, between the hours of 10am and 6pm, with most shops either opening from 10am until 4pm or 11am until 5pm.

Two hours into his campaign today Canon Harper had already received some signatures, of which he intends to hand-in to Mr Lewis’ office at the end of the day.

8 comments

  • Any and all businesses should be free to open whenever they choose and let the market dictate when that proves to be. The very idea that theism should even be permitted to have any input is disgusting.

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    koenig

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • It is the way the world and UK cultures has been going for many years ... The move towards breaking down barriers and for more to do what they like when they like... And covers a multitude of situations... Regarding religious beliefs the UK now has many different ones. Christian church's can be nearly empty in some cases and to most are not really church goers.. whilst Muslim ones can be full and their lives strongly dictated by their religion ... As just 2 examples... So trading on the Sunday sabbath was a no no 25 years ago and a generation forward it is not so much an issue in our ever money motivated world of business .. So in another 25 years time it may well be the case as the population steadily continues to increase every year.. Then many more shops and stores will enter the 247 opening hours possibly even on a Sunday ... I agree it should be law accross the country for whatever changes to Sunday hours is introduced .. If it is 8 or 10 hours a day then the public know where ever they are in the UK they know the Sunday opening hours system as like now.. Simple... Introducing more local unneeded laws will create more inconsistent issues, just like our courts sentences which can be totally different for the same offence from one county to another .. Just keep life simple it is more beneficial and far less costly.. But sadly creating the opposite means creating confusion and .. In business terms, confusing the public creates more profits and fines .. That is why there is countless different rail fare charges instead of 1 or 2 for the same journey .. The London tube has only 1 charge for your given journey .. And why the need for many different utility charges when a realistic basic charge like years ago and never the need to be told you have to switch providers .. It is all costs extra time and money from created confusion ... Crazy times .. But creating money by whatever means is the world we live in.. So Sunday trading will no doubt be 247, it is just a matter of time .. And When most shops and stores will never shut at all.. Technology and changes move on relentlessly .. That's life.. ... And each new generation changes our culture and way of life.. It is A war you may fight against, but in time will never win.. .. Basic logic ... The UK is far better than many other countries..

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    Lionel

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • Whether shops are open longer or not people only have the same amount of money to spend in shops. Do we really need shops open 247 I don't think so and feel sorry for those people who have no choice but to work weekends. I think these longer opening hours in many shops lead to them closing down as they are paying out for more staff and overheads but not gaining any more profit to make them sustainable. As for shops opening at ChristmasBoxing day don't get me started. Such sad people that cannot manage 2 days without shopping !!

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    norfolkgal

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • There is much more than enough pastoral work that he should be addressing in Nottingham even before he should be using his time opposing Sunday opening. Secondly religion is thankfully on its way out because the increasing majority people have realised that a meme is not a fact. Additionally he is doing harm to what the people who still do believe in a god can and in some cases do in society as a form of social worker. Shops and businesses should be absolutely free to open when and for as long as their proprietors want, let market forces shape what that will be.

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    koenig

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

  • There are millions who would love the chance to work. So with the living wage being phased in over the next 5 years then maybe 247 opening including Sundays would mean 10's of 1000's of extra paid staff hours which equates to 1000's of new jobs. Which is a good thing. Who goes to Church anyway on a Sunday... more people go to a car boot! Thats not a reflection on todays society but merely a reflection on how outdated the Church is..... People are entitled to their views but surely its time the beliefs of a very small minority stopped controlling the life of the majority

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    Paul Platten

    Friday, September 11, 2015

  • good for him to stand up for his beliefs and for the cause of all the low-paid workers who do not have a choice in the matter. Millions may want shops to open 247 but I bet they don't work in the retail industry themselves to have to work these hours and miss out on precious time that could be spent relaxing with families.

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    Kerryowner

    Friday, September 11, 2015

  • One man against - millions in favour!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, September 11, 2015

  • It's a pity that this protest will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.

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    Spooky

    Friday, September 11, 2015

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