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Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner backs call for law to prevent large stores opening on Boxing Day

Cambridge’s Labour MP Daniel Zeichner is backing a campaign calling for legislation to limit how long large shops open over the festive period.

MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner. .Picture - Richard Marsham. (24626023)
MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner. .Picture - Richard Marsham. (24626023)

A survey of 12,000 shop workers found that 97 per cent believe shops should be closed on Boxing Day, and just four per cent of retail staff are happy to work then.

The survey found 98 per cent of shop workers want stores to close early on Christmas Eve.

Now a call for legislation to ensure large shops close on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and close by 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve has earned the support of Cambridge’s MP.

Boxing Day crowds outside a store (24626178)
Boxing Day crowds outside a store (24626178)

Mr Zeichner said: “Shoppers have a limited amount of cash to spend so why do we need shops open for longer and longer? The trend of more stores opening for longer over the festive period inevitably has a big impact on shop workers’ Christmas celebrations. Finishing late on Christmas Eve and then getting straight back to work on Boxing Day means that Christmas Day is not a proper break.

“The Christmas sales now happen throughout December and January, so let’s make Boxing Day a quieter affair so shop workers can have a break and enjoy the season with friends and family.”

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