U-turn is first victory of by-election

The SNP have today branded the postponement of October's two pence rise in fuel duty as the first victory of the SNP's Glasgow East by-election campaign - and the pressure is now on to introduce a fuel price regulator and action to tackle fuel poverty.

Speaking in Glasgow East, SNP Candidate Cllr John Mason said:

"Alistair Darling's U-turn is the first victory of the Glasgow-East by-election for the SNP and Scotland

"If this is what pressure from the SNP during a by-election can deliver, just think what can be achieved with an SNP victory in Glasgow East.

"This step is welcome but not enough - as SNP MP for Glasgow East I will be demanding the introduction of a fuel price regulator, and action on soaring energy bills.

"Voting SNP is the only way to send a message to the UK Government that enough is enough.

"When I launched my campaign to become MP for Glasgow East, I called on Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling to cancel the duty increase, as part of a programme to deliver fuel justice for Scotland.

"With eight days to go until the by-election, they are finally caving in to Scotland's demands.

"The next steps must be the introduction of a fuel price regulator to help motorists cope with crippling fuel price rises, and action to combat the soaring energy bills hitting every household in Glasgow East hard.

"With the London Treasury raking in £6 billion more this year than they projected from Scotland's oil, it is time for Scotland to get a fair share of our own energy resources.

"Only an SNP victory in Glasgow East on 24 July will force more action on fuel from Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling."