Wells MP forces astounding victory in less than 24 hours!

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By Wells_Jaqui | Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 17:23

Wells MP Tessa Munt took Peter Carroll of FairFuelUK to meet Danny Alexander Chief Secretary to the Treasury in his Westminster office yesterday evening, 25th June. 

Tessa was very keen to be sure that the impact of a 3p rise in August on fuel duty was assessed accurately by Treasury officials as the recent report commissioned by FairFuelUK had undertaken research using the Treasury's own methods but had drawn different conclusions.

Tessa said "I have been a long standing supporter of FairFuelUK and took Peter Carroll and Quentin Wilson, the UK's national spokesman to see the Minister and Treasury officials last year which led to the halt in the planned rise. The Government knows that in rural areas like mine, rises in fuel duty make a big difference which is why last year this Government stopped Labour's planned rises which would have meant by now fuel would have been much more expensive. I wanted FairFuelUK to have a chance to explain its most recent research and for the Minister to listen which he did." 

Peter Carroll said "I took the opportunity to personally present Mr Alexander with a copy of our research showing that the planned 3p rise would do more harm than good in terms of overall tax revenues.  I was able to leave him in no doubt about the strength and depth of feeling amongst both voters and the business community on this vital issue.  I explained that families were having to choose between food and fuel, that the rise would cause serious harm to our road freight industry and that it would hurt many thousands of UK businesses.  I highlighted the central part of our argument – that the Government should cut fuel duty to stimulate growth."

Quentin Wilson, national spokesman for FairFuelUK said '' It's in the government's own interest to stop this rise''.

It appears that the message hit home because just a few minutes ago Chancellor George Osborne announced that the government has postponed the planned 3p fuel duty increase until January next year.

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    Shame that she wasn't also campaigning against the alcohol duty escalator!

    Tessa is also looking at Business Rates, so let's hope she has as swift a success with those too :o)

    By Kings Head at 17:34 on 26/06/12

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