Several MPS from the Conservative party are planning to rebel against the Government’s plans to extend Sunday trading hours.
David Burrowes, the Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate, claims dozens of ministers and parliamentary private secretaries (PPSs) are prepared to join the revolt or abstain unless the Government waters down the plans.
"There are 23 Conservatives who have signed up to stop the Government's plan to deregulate Sunday trading for large shops and more lined up to oppose or abstain including ministers and PPSs," he said.
"Government should recognise the strength of opposition for a plan that was not in our manifesto and should at least agree a compromise which restricts deregulation to tourist zones."
Mr Osborne announced plans to give local authorities the power to extend Sunday opening hours in his first Budget after being returned to office last year, but is coming up against several obstacles just days before his next Budget statement.
The Government has a working majority of 17 so is vulnerable to any rebellion if opposition MPs unite against it, writes The Sunday Telegraph.