Fair fuel campaign comes to Scottish Parliament
The SNP is calling on all Scottish MPs to give their backing to the FairFuel UK campaign to scrap the three pence rise in fuel duty planned for August.
Over 40 MPs from 8 different parties have so far signed the pledge and committed to voting against the planned 3p rise, including all SNP MPs and two Labour MPs in Scotland.
But the SNP says all Scottish MPs should back the cross-party action, and put further pressure on the UK Government to abandon the proposed rise.
FairFuel UK has over 300,000 supporters, and is backed by the RAC, the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association.
John Finnie, SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for MPs to unite and press for the chancellor to scrap the planned increase.
Mr Finnie said:
“The planned hike in fuel duty cannot be allowed to go ahead – it is a complete robbery on motorists that will further damage our economy.
“I’m urging all Scottish MPs to sign up to the FairFuel UK campaign to represent what their constituents want.
“Will Danny Alexander fight for his constituents and help to stop this rise at a time when they are already suffering from the highest fuel taxes in Europe?
“The SNP is leading calls at Westminster for the three pence rise in duty to be scrapped and will be tabling amendments to the budget to bring in a fuel duty regulator.
“This is clean, effective and immediate action – unlike calls from Labour wanting to temporarily cut VAT by three pence.
“Johann Lamont must show real leadership on this issue and instruct her MPs – if she’s truly in charge of the party in Scotland – to follow in the lead of Brian Donohoe and Russell Brown by joining the campaign.
“Our high fuel costs – with the latest figures released by the European Commission showing UK fuel tax was approaching 60 per cent of the cost of fuel – places our businesses at a competitive disadvantage, limiting economic recovery and growth.
“It’s time for MPs in Scotland to unite against the Chancellor’s damaging plan and save their constituents from facing even higher fuel costs come August.”