Whiteford welcomes fuel duty u-turn

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has welcomed the announcement from the UK Chancellor that the planned fuel duty increase of 3 pence a litre will not now go ahead in August.

Dr Whiteford was part of a cross-party campaign led by SNP Finance Spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP who were campaigning against this increase and also took part in a delegation to 10 Downing Street last year with motoring and road haulage organisations.

Speaking today Dr Whiteford said: “I am very happy that this pressure, led by the SNP, has resulted in another UK Treasury U-turn.

“Ever since I’ve been in Parliament I have been campaigning for, not only lower fuel duty, but local control of fuel duty.

“While families and businesses will welcome this announcement, we in the North of Scotland are still suffering from some of the highest fuel prices in Europe, most of which is tax which goes straight to the London Treasury.

“While I welcome the announcement from the Treasury, the fact remains that as long as fuel duty is set in London we will have to wait years for derogations or for surprise announcements from Parliament.”