MP wants 3p fuel duty cut

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MP Anne McIntosh is renewing her campaign for a fuel duty cut, as latest prices show small rural towns in Yorkshire are paying as much as £2 more to fill a tank than elsewhere.

The supermarket price war has seen UK pump prices fall by 2 pence a litre to 127.2p on average and diesel down to 131.3p, according to the petrolprices.com website, but the drop in Yorkshire has been far less, at an average of around 1.6p.

Miss McIntosh, Conservative MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, insists the prices are having a “crippling” effect on local motorists, and this week, she met members of lobby group FairFuelUK at the launch of their ‘Manifesto for Growth’. A copy was given to Robert Halfon MP, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to George Osborne. The Chancellor will deliver his Autumn Statement to Parliament on December 3.

Miss McIntosh said: “A 3p cut would be beneficial to ordinary hardworking individuals and give businesses the ability and confidence to invest in the future, bringing the benefit of economic stimulus to the wider economy.

“Thirsk, Malton and Filey sees some of the highest fuel prices in the country, and with constituents having to travel further to the pump due to the remote rural nature of North Yorkshire, this is having a crippling effect on many constituents and businesses.”

The Government said it had invested to protect motorists and that petrol will be nearly 20p a litre cheaper by the end of this parliament because it had frozen fuel duty.

A spokesperson said: “At budget 2014 we announced the £200 million Pothole Fund for local authorities, to fix a potential 3.2m potholes across England. This is the latest in a series of announcements which will see more than £24 billion spent on England’s strategic road network between 2010 and 2021 – the biggest upgrade to our roads in over 30 years.”