Sunday trading defeat for government as MPs reject changes
Plans to overhaul Sunday trading laws in England and Wales have been dropped after they were rejected by MPs.
The Commons opposed proposals to allow councils to extend opening hours by 317 votes to 286, as 27 Tories rebelled.
Ministers had sought to limit the rebellion by promising to trial the changes in 12 areas but said afterwards they would respect MPs’ views.
Critics of the plans said they would “chip away” at Sunday’s special status and put undue pressure on workers.