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Labour MP Alex Norris tabled a bill to protect shopkeepers who sell age restricted products in Parliament on Tuesday.

Proposing the Assaults on Retail Workers (Offences) Bill, Norris, who represents Nottingham North, told ministers that retail staff who police the sale of restricted items such as alcohol and knives need extra legal protections.

“Anyone assaulted while doing their job should be afforded all protections of the law and I believe what sets retail workers apart is that they have been entrusted with a really important civic responsibility that goes above and beyond their duties and responsibility to their employer.” said Norris.

 

He argued for “greater punishment” for those choosing to attack shopkeepers.

“I think that as a legislature we should be acutely aware of this, because we are the people who gave these workers these extra responsibilities and we’re the ones effectively asking them to police the law on the sale of alcohol, knives, glues and now acid on behalf of us all.”

The Bill has been listed for a second reading on November 23.

Earlier in the year, a similar bill to protect shopkeepers has been proposed in Scotland by Edinburgh Southern MSP Daniel Johnson of the Scottish Labour Party.