Call me old fashioned but I believe that Sundays are a day for spending with family. Not long ago the Prime Minister said that his Government would be the most family friendly. Yet changes to Sunday trading laws will inevitably lead to less family time for thousands of people who work in the service industry. Shop workers surveyed by USDAW said that Sunday is the one day a week that they can sit down for a family meal, for parents it offers the only time to help their children prepare for a busy school week.
As I consider all areas of Government policy and how it impacts on Burnley and Padiham, I find myself increasingly involved with the whole issue of care and protection. The focus varies but the elderly, children, the disabled and the terminally ill all feature regularly. I began this week with a meeting with the Shadow Minister for the Disabled. I was very disturbed to learn that when it comes to assisting the disabled, Britain, in spite of being one of the richest nations in Europe, ranks 19th out of 32 European countries.