Protesters take fuel duty plea to Number 10

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Hundreds of protesters braved heavy rain yesterday to take their campaign for fuel duty cuts to Parliament.

Pensioners, cabbies, van drivers and hauliers were among those taking to the streets ahead of this month’s Budget.

Organised by the FairFuelUK group, the protest included the delivery of a key report to 10 Downing Street.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research report said even a modest cut in duty of 2.5p per litre would create 180,000 new jobs.

The protest came after latest figures showed new record highs for petrol and diesel at the pumps, with petrol having reached 137.79p a litre and diesel 144.92p.