Fuel duty debate taken to Treasury and Westminster Tue Feb 08 16:50:00 GMT 2011

"Judging by the media presence and cross-party political support evident today, the momentum is really gathering, as are the number of signatories to our petition – over 47,000 so far."

Quentin Willson, motoring journalist

A fairer deal on fuel duty took a step closer today when the Fair Fuel UK Campaign took its message to the Treasury and then Westminster in two high-profile media and public affairs events.

Led by motoring journalist Quentin Willson, a delegation from the Campaign comprising the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and the RAC unveiled a 20ft banner outside the Treasury and handed in a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging him to abandon the fuel duty hike planned in April and announce measures to try and stabilise the cost of fuel. The delegation then met with MPs, including Charles Kennedy MP, on College Green, Westminster to press home the issues further and hand over letters personally addressed to all MPs in the House of Commons calling for their support.

Quentin Willson said:

“Judging by the media presence and cross-party political support evident today, the momentum is really gathering, as are the number of signatories to our petition – over 47,000 so far.

“With FTA, RHA and RAC backing, the Campaign is truly representative of business, the motorist and, indeed, the general public concerned with the UK’s economic recovery. But with the Budget due in March we can’t afford to be complacent and would urge everyone who hasn’t already to sign our petition and make their voices loud and clear.”



Notes for editors

In attendance at both events were representatives from the Fair Fuel UK Campaign, including Quentin Willson and Peter Carroll (FFUK), James Hookham (FTA) and Kate Gibbs (RHA).

MPs who received the Campaign letter comprised:

Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP (LD, Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
Nick Smith MP (Lab, Blaenau Gwent)
Angus MacNeil MP (SNP, Na h’Eileanan an Iar)
Elfyn Llwyd MP (PC, Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Stewart Hosie MP (SNP, Dundee East)
Sir Peter Bottomley (Con, Worthing West)
Hywel Williams MP (PC, Arfon)

For further information please contact:

Liam Northfield - FTA: 01892 552255/01892 552253, mobile 07818 450425

Kate Gibbs - RHA: 01932 838917, mobile 07979 531451

Peter Carroll - FairFuelUK (www.fairfueluk.com): 07866 800 755
Lynne Beaumont – FairFuelUK: 07885 940945
 

 

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