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Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh welcomes fuel duty freeze

By Gainsborough Target  |  Posted: June 30, 2012

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CONSERVATIVE MP Edward Leigh has welcomed the Chancellor George Osborne's decision to cancel the planned fuel duty increase.

A series of scheduled rises in the tax on petrol had been planned by the previous Labour government.

But the Coalition has scrapped the 'Fuel Duty Escalator' and will continue to freeze fuel duty for at least the remainder of the year.

Fuel duty is now 10p per litre lower than under the Labour government's plan.

And motorists are expected to save £159 on filling up the average family car by the end of the year.

"Thanks to the Conservatives being in government, fuel duty has now been frozen for two years," said Gainsborough MP Mr Leigh.

"Here in Lincolnshire many of us are dependent upon driving, whether it's getting our children to school or ourselves to work and the shops, and many of our small businesses rely on the roads to transport their goods and get things done.

"I welcome the Chancellor's scrapping of the fuel duty increase and I strongly encourage him to go a step further and actually cut the current rate of tax on petrol.

"A fuel duty cut would provide immediate economic relief for working families and our local businesses."

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  • Adrian1208  |  June 30 2012, 7:21PM

    It's worth noting that the petrol price under the Labour Government was approximately 50p lower than it is now, so Labour were getting a lot less revenue than what the Tories get now.....

  • Ian_Heighton  |  June 30 2012, 2:05PM

    It's also worth noting that with the higher price of petrol, the Governments VAT take is higher and over the last Year is more than 3p anyway

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  • Saxilby_Mick  |  June 30 2012, 2:04PM

    Gnome is on the button here. Leigh may well welcome the news but there is no evidence which suggest he deserves any credit for it!

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 30 2012, 1:02PM

    Although I respect Mr Leigh as a politician, I wonder what his response would have been if he was asked about abandoning the proposed tax increase the day before Mr Osborne's announcement? Jeremy Paxman's interview with Chloe Smith was a wonderful example of trying to get a simple answer from an MP. It should also be noted that the increase has not been cancelled, only postponed.

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