West Country MPs against rise in petrol duty

November 17, 2011 3:51 PM

West Country MPs are up in arms over any proposed rise in petrol duty. Speaking out in the House of Commons debate this week, Bridgwater & West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said he would rebel against the government if they put up petrol prices by 3p in January. The debate came only days after we revealed the excessive motoring taxes that motorists are facing across the UK.

‘It is a no-brainer, there is no way the Chancellor can put it up – it is hard enough in rural areas without another 3p on a litre,’ the Somerset MP told the Western Daily Press. ‘As it is, petrol prices are too high and we need to find a way to get them down.’

‘We have a large number of haulage firms who are very concerned about the price of diesel,’ said Stroud MP Neil Carmichael in the Commons debate. ‘They are in turn passing it on to small and medium-sized firms and it is causing difficulties for them.’

Claire Perry MP drew attention to the lack of competition among filling stations in her Devizes constituency. Other MPs in the South-West demanding action against fuel taxes are Robert Buckland (North Swindon), Justin Tomlinson (South Swindon), James Gray (North Wiltshire), John Glen (Salisbury), and Tessa Munt (Wells).

It's up to the Treasury now if they listen to the growing chorus of voices calling for a scrapping of the rise in fuel duty.

Tim Newark, Bath & South-West TaxPayers’ AllianceWest Country MPs are up in arms over any proposed rise in petrol duty. Speaking out in the House of Commons debate this week, Bridgwater & West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said he would rebel against the government if they put up petrol prices by 3p in January. The debate came only days after we revealed the excessive motoring taxes that motorists are facing across the UK.

‘It is a no-brainer, there is no way the Chancellor can put it up – it is hard enough in rural areas without another 3p on a litre,’ the Somerset MP told the Western Daily Press. ‘As it is, petrol prices are too high and we need to find a way to get them down.’

‘We have a large number of haulage firms who are very concerned about the price of diesel,’ said Stroud MP Neil Carmichael in the Commons debate. ‘They are in turn passing it on to small and medium-sized firms and it is causing difficulties for them.’

Claire Perry MP drew attention to the lack of competition among filling stations in her Devizes constituency. Other MPs in the South-West demanding action against fuel taxes are Robert Buckland (North Swindon), Justin Tomlinson (South Swindon), James Gray (North Wiltshire), John Glen (Salisbury), and Tessa Munt (Wells).

It's up to the Treasury now if they listen to the growing chorus of voices calling for a scrapping of the rise in fuel duty.

Tim Newark, Bath & South-West TaxPayers’ Alliance

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