Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: MP threatens to derail budget if the Chancellor goes ahead with planned 3p tax hike on fuel

16:10 13 November 2012

Petrol and diesel could go up 3p per litre

Petrol and diesel could go up 3p per litre

A TORY Suffolk MP is warning the Government that he and his allies could derail George Osborne’s next budget if the chancellor fails to act against rising fuel duty.

shares

Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley made the threat as ministers managed to avoid a defeat over the issue in the House of Commons last night.

But Mr Ruffley said the support of Conservative MPs from rural areas like Suffolk, where fuel duty hits families and business particularly hard, would wane if Mr Osborne did not bow to calls to freeze the duty until 2015.

He was joined by Waveney MP Peter Aldous who also said he would not rule out rebelling against the Government if it failed to act on fuel duty.

Mr Ruffley told the East Anglian Daily Times: “Rural areas feel the fuel duty burden particularly harshly and that’s why people in shire counties like Suffolk feel strongly about this.

“It’s an especially pertinent issue for them, because there a car is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”

Fuel duty is set to rise 3p in January. Yesterday Labour asked the Commons to vote on its plan to freeze the levy at its current level until April.

In part shadow chancellor Ed Balls made the move in the hope Conservative MPs concerned about the pending rise would back Labour in a vote, inflicting an embarrassing defeat on the Government.

Speaking before the Commons debate Mr Balls said: “[If I were a Tory MP] I would want to make a clear statement to my constituents; [the rise] is the wrong thing to do and I am going to vote with Labour.”

But Tory MPs, including Mr Ruffley and Mr Aldous, held off voting against the Government after Mr Osborne promised to deal with fuel duty in his autumn statement on December 5.

Mr Ruffley added that having backed the Government in yesterday’s vote, he and his colleagues would not hesitate to punish ministers if they now failed to adequately act in the autumn statement.

In particular he said he wanted Mr Osborne to freeze fuel duty not only until April, but until the next election.

He added: “I give this assurance; if [Mr Osborne] doesn’t come up with a pledge to freeze it until the end of the parliament then we will certainly be raising the question of a rebellion at the time of next March’s budget.

“The problem will not go away for George Osborne and every rural MP in the country will make sure it is dealt with.”

After Mr Osborne was widely accused of having presided over a shambolic budget earlier this year, Mr Ruffley’s threat will raise the daunting spectre of more chaos next year.

Meanwhile Mr Aldous said: “If there is nothing in the autumn statement, and they decide to go ahead with the rise then I will be looking very carefully at their reasons for doing so.”

Asked if he would rebel if the chancellor failed to act in December, he said: “I would not rule anything out. This is something that I’m very conscious hits my constituents very hard.”

How will the rise affect you? Tell us your views.

shares

2 comments

  • Blatant grandstanding if you ask me. When push comes to shove they'll be trotting through the division lobby with the rest of the sheep.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Although rural communities drive longer distances to use facilities, the town driver (as in Ipswich) burns up so much fuel waiting at traffic lights (often unnecessarily) and in traffic queues. So I think all drivers have the same problem re cost of fuel. After removing traffic lights was deemed a huge success in Drachten (Holland), it was copied by Coventry. But what does Ipswich do? Spend millions on adding even more. Folly! And one day millions will be spent on removing them.

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Firefighters were called to the incident

Emergency services are currently searching for a person who has fallen in the water at Tattingstone.

Pre season training starts at ITFC

Ipswich Town kicked off their pre-season preparations this morning, ahead of the 2015-16 Championship campaign.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Rail delays in Stowmarket have been caused by urged repairs needed on the line.

An 
Abellio Greater Anglia train.

Rail services between London and East Anglia are expected to be affected by the heatwave on Wednesday.

Emergency services are at the scene

Traffic delays in Darsham have been caused by a multi-car collision on the A12.

The Government is talking about changing the goalposts when it comes to measuring poverty while suggesting yet more cuts.

The Government has no doubt just breathed a sigh of relief.

Allison and Philip Heathcote

A Suffolk survivor of last week’s Tunisian terror attack, which killed 38 people including her husband, is in a critical but stable condition following five hours of surgery in a British hospital.

An accident has caused travel delays

The A1120 in Earl Soham is closed after a crash.

Natasha Potter, assistant managing director of Only Cowards Carry, Colchester MP Will Quince, and charity founder Caroline Shearer

The mother of a teenager fatally stabbed in Colchester today presented a petition to Downing Street calling for better education around the dangers of knives.

84 year old James Kelly takes part in his 100 th Park Run at Chantry Park Ipswich Park Run.

With a rich sporting history in this country across hundreds of disciplines, Suffolk has produced its fair share of sporting heroes.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages