The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers has won its campaign to ensure that large stores will not have to open on Christmas Day.

More than 1,000 individual shopworkers responded to the government’s research, with 99.9% supporting the proposed legislation against Christmas Day opening.

Usdaw’s boss, Sir Bill Connor said: “This is a fantastic response. It is the best feedback we have ever had from our membership on a Government consultation.

“Christmas Day working looms large over all British shopworkers. If someone had said to me 10 years ago that shops would be opening on December 25, I would have thought they had gone mad. But without legislation it is a real possibility in today’s retail sector.”

The new legislation will guarantee that shopworkers will be able to spend Christmas Day with their families.