Local MP and Shadow Treasury spokesperson Catherine McKinnell has welcomed the news that the government has agreed to back down on fuel duty rises as a result of an intervention by Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
Ms McKinnell said:
“Only this morning, government ministers were insisting their 3p petrol hike would go ahead as planned despite growing calls to postpone it to ease the pressure on drivers squeezed by rising prices.
After Ed Balls stepped up the pressure by tabling a motion in parliament forcing a vote on the issue, the Chancellor has backed down and today announced yet another policy reversal.
This is now the sixth in a series of u-turns announced by this Chancellor, following those on pasties, caravans, charities, churches and skips. The government’s ill-thought through budget is looking more shambolic by the day. Now he needs to reverse his tax cuts for millionaires to get us out of his double dip recession.”