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Monday 4th June 2012 | 00:01
SNP press release
Forty MPs from across nine parties and one independent have now pledged to support the SNP clause to scrap the 3p rise in fuel duty in August. The campaign, backed by Fairfuel UK, has steadily grown since it was launched last week with support from businesses, individuals and politicians from across the UK.
The MPs have pledged to support a clause drafted by the SNP to amend the budget and cancel the planned 3 pence rise in fuel duty. It will be tabled at earliest opportunity, when the budget has completed committee stage in late June.
SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP, who is leading the campaign at Westminster, said:
"It's fantastic news that after just one week forty MPs have signed up for action on fuel . Politicians are throwing aside party differences and uniting on this crucial issue to help boost our stagnating economy.
"The SNP clause to scrap the 3 pence fuel hike is a clear and effective way for the Treasury to take action now. We already have the highest fuel taxes in Europe, with 81.5p going to the Treasury in fuel duty and VAT on every litre sold. Scrapping the clause will ease the burden on households and businesses across the country and, crucially, it will help get the economy moving again.
"The campaign is growing fast both inside and outside the parliament. With the UK Government already U-turning on pasties, caravans, skips and the charity tax, there is no excuse not to listen to the hundreds of thousands of people who are calling for an end to this highway robbery."