Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South Ian Murray MP, has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor that he will delay the 3p fuel duty rise until the end of the year.
Commenting, Ian Murray MP said: “I welcome this u-turn by the Government on fuel duty, The planned August rise would have hit constituents in Edinburgh South who are already suffering as a result of this Tory-Led Government’s decisions extremely hard, the last thing hard working people in Edinburgh needed, was an extra tax on their fuel, and I’m glad that the Chancellor has listened to the Labour party and reversed this decision.”
The Chancellor announced in the House of Commons on Wednesday that he would delay the rise, following an article written by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP, who called for such a move this morning.
This is the 36th u-turn by the Government (list provided below) and yet another measure that George Osborne has been forced to drop from his budget after pressure from members of the public.
Oil prices have dropped by one fifth over the last few months, but prices at the pump have only dropped by a fraction of that, hitting motorists in Edinburgh extremely hard.
Ian Murray added: “Now that the Chancellor has caught the u-turn bug, I hope that he will listen to the Labour party and my hard-working constituents, and reverse his tax cut for millionaires”