Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We have a moment of opportunity to stop the massive 16p a gallon tax hike on petrol & diesel that the chancellor waved through in the Budget. (3p per litre of Fuel Duty + VAT). This is due to hit you on August 1st.


We have worked with a group of supportive MPs to have a proposed amendment put forward to the Budget. If selected for debate and voted through, this amendment would see the tax hike stopped. However, to stand a chance of it being selected for debate, we need lots of MPs to actually sign up in advance to support this change over the coming weeks before it can be formally tabled in June.


We URGENTLY need your help NOW. The Government will be hoping that this issue will not attract enough support from supporters like you and ‘just fade away’. That’s why we need you to do all or some of the following:

  1. Click here to email directly to your MP urging them to support this new clause, the scrapping of the August 3p rise in Fuel Duty.

  2. When you have emailed, please print out a copy of the email and post it to them. All you have to do is put their name on the envelope and post it to House of Commons, Westminster SW1A 0AA. Getting things ‘through the post’ has a really significant extra impact on MPs. The letter would be even more powerful if you felt able to express "scrap the 3p fuel duty rise" message in your own words.

  3. Call your MP on 0207 219 3000 (and then ask for their office) and speak to them or their staff saying just how serious this issue is to you, your family or your business. Ask them for an appointment to actually go and see them in their local constituency office. We know that many people would not normally do this sort of thing



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[ posted by Jim King, 15.05.12 12:40 ]

QUESTION:

My MP is Jamie Reed - Copeland (Labour). Does he have any say on if this budget ammendement is pushed forward for debate, or would it have to come government MPs?

My question is really as you state con and Lib mps will be badgered to tow the party line, But would the Labour Party line, be to stir up trouble as much as they can for the government?
I have sent the e-mail and I eagely await the reply, though I won't hold my breath. I have been waiting for a reply from him on my last issue when i asked him to vote "yes" for a referndum on the EU. After 2 weeks I wrote again and this time told him to vote yes. (he never replied to either and voted No).

I am pleased to have Jamie as my MP. I did not vote for him, and I never will, but at least he stopped my vote from putting the current Tory party in a stronger position than they currently are.

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[ posted by Jim King, 15.05.12 17:21 ]

by the way do you mind if I have a go at amending it.

Right so each 1p cut costs £500m (according to the chancellor)

So lets start by not handing out a £10 billion bailout to the eurozone.
(theres a 20p cut right there, so now I have fuel duty at 37.95p)

Infact sod it, lets just leave the EU all together. Last time it was calculated, in 2008, the European Union was costing us £65 billion gross every year.
so now I can cut fuel duty by a further £1.30 per litre, meaning the government would pay you 92.05p per litre for buying it.
Of course that would be rather silly, so instead I will just scrap fuel duty all together.
Now what to do with my new found £46 Billion pounds?
How about a cash injection towards transport and road links, thus helping the economy move with its new found growth. so you can have a further £15 billion

I have £31 billion left erm, NHS can have 15 billion too (handy)

still got £16 billion, err, I know i think i will put it all towards education, after all the current government dont seem to be able to do simple maths, so we sure need it.

There we go, thanks to my ending fuel duty, the economy will now start booming, good roads to deliver stuff, and lots of people (who's first language is not Polish) are building them (instead of taking welfare), we have a cracking NHS, and a highly educated youth to allow for natural wastage, people have more money so they are spending it, everything is cheaper due to reduced transport costs, and jobs are being created all the time.

So with the extra tax (income tax, NI, VAT, Coperation tax) coming in and the cut in welfare payments going out, from that lot, I just cleared the deficit too!

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[ posted by Dave Muckle, 15.05.12 22:58 ]

My MP, Gordon Henderson has agreed to back our campaign and vote against the duty rise

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[ posted by James Hussey, 16.05.12 16:58 ]

A typical but not surprising response from our MP Richard Benyon, who continues to provide automated responses to concerns over fuel duty. Response below:

Thank you for contacting me about motoring costs. I understand the impact high world oil prices, and the high cost of fuel, is having on families across the country at a time when household budgets are being severely stretched.
Firstly, at this stage, I am afraid to say that it is too early to know whether Stewart Hosie’s amendment will be selected and /or debated.
The Government has listened to these genuine concerns and has already taken firm action back to help hard pressed motorists this year. Under the previous Government’s plans, fuel duty was due to rise twice this year. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase and delayed the first increase until August.
Despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic background, the Government cut fuel duty by 1 pence per litre last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices.
This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013. Thanks to these measures, fuel prices will be 10 pence per litre lower as of April 2012 and, the steps Ministers have taken means families will save £144 on filling up the average sized family car by the end of the year. In addition, the Chancellor increased Vehicle Excise Duty by inflation only in this year’s Budget.
I appreciate these significant reductions has not ended the pressure on families and businesses. The UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the nation’s finances. Tackling the debts we inherited from Labour will also keep interest rates lower, helping businesses and families with mortgages. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth.
I fully support the measures the Chancellor has already undertaken to help motorists.
Locally, you will probably be aware that I have been campaigning to bring prices down to be more comparable with other towns, like Reading. Recently, within a 20 mile radius of my Newbury office, petrol prices vary by as much as 10 pence a litre and diesel by 5 pence. I am suggesting that all constituents shop around and buy cheaper fuel when passing cheaper stations to encourage competition. I publish on my website weekly updates of the cheapest filling stations in the area, but for more up to date information I recommend the use of comparison websites like petrolprices.com.

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[ posted by jim king, 17.05.12 17:02 ]

Send him a reply -

Its very nice that you did not raise further the burden of fuel duty, and even cut it by a whopping 1p.

you are currently taking 56% of the money from fuel transactions. Rather than taking 57% of it. If the duty were 10p higher then that would be 63%.

you see its not about not increasing duty, its about SIGNIFICANTLY cutting it. Also introducing the Fair fuel stabilizer you promised, the current one is not one.

You say "we didnt raise it and cut it by 1p" whilst at the same time increased the VAT rate so actually you are taking a further 3p and you expect us to thank you for it??

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[ posted by C D, 17.05.12 17:10 ]

A none too smart response from the Bracknell MP - Dr Philip Lee - looks very much like they are given some form of template and then throw in a few words of their own - as this one is very similar to the one received by James Hussey (further down in the blog) :-

Thank you for contacting me about motoring costs. I fully understand the high cost of fuel has on families and businesses in my constituency and I would like to reassure you the Government is taking steps to reduce this burden. The Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase that would have been implemented by the previous Government, and delayed the first increase until August.

Furthermore, despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic backgrounud, the Government cut fuel duty by 1p per litre last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices. This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013. Fuel prices are therefore 10p per litre lower providing a saving of £144 on filling up the average family car by the end of the year.

I appreciate these signigicant reductions have not ended the pressure on my constituents. However the UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the Nation's finances. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth.

However I believe that more can and should be done in the future and discussed this with the Chancellor shortly after he presented his Budget to Parliament. He assured me he will continue to keep this under review and is fully aware of the strength of feeling on this. Thank you again for writing to me about this important issue.

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[ posted by D Walker, 18.05.12 18:16 ]

My mp Stephen Dorrell just replied with a standard letter with fact and figurs as to what they are doing to safe guard the uk eccomony.He will not support this campain and as always just sits on the parlimentry fence not taking any action to suport hime local members

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[ posted by Dick Smith, 20.05.12 17:21 ]

Although Mrs Jacky Fletcher is not the MP for Cheltenham, just my ward, she has agreed to help us, still waiting for Martin Harwood (Lib Dem) to reply to my last 4 emails on this subject, not holding breath, as I dont think he either knows how to use a Computer or read or both.

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[ posted by David Axford, 21.05.12 12:02 ]

Jeremy Hunt MP supports the Chancellor and not his constituents.

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[ posted by Jim King, 21.05.12 17:43 ]

It seems Jamie Reed MP is still waiting for the Labour Party to give him his opinion.

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[ posted by John Hackett, 22.05.12 08:40 ]

My MP Peter Luff (Con) has replied to the letter in his usual negative manner and will not support the campaign. He is a government MInister for Defence equipment and will always go with his government as he has aspirations of going further.Despite being a rural MP when most of his constituents are paying high prices for fuel he will continue to sit on the fence over this important issue. He sits on a strong conservative seat and all of my letters to him over various subjects, I could write his reply to me.
The whole publicity over MP's expenses has been conveniently forgotten with the introduction by Cameron's diversion tactics with the phone hacking saga, very convenient Mr Cameron. Many of these M P's Mr Luffincluded were involved and. want to forget.
I hope all the M P's who fail to support the campaign are exposed and local press are informed so that the electorate can be informed of their lack of support

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[ posted by Johnathan Monk, 22.05.12 11:30 ]

My MP replied with the standard party line - "it's not our fault":

Thank you for your e-mail about fuel duty. I have passed on your views to the Chancellor of the Exchequer but I should point out that he has already taken action both in the Budget and last autumn, which has led to duty on fuel being 10 pence per litre lower than it would have been otherwise. The real problem is the price of oil and I hope that may ameliorate

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[ posted by David Daly, 22.05.12 18:18 ]

Wouldn't be surprised if my MP (Mr J Tomlinson) is a yes man..... bit difficult to figure out, as he likes his photo being taken too much. Personally I hope the unemployment figures go up by 1 after the next election....

Dave Daly

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[ posted by JR Coulsdon South, 23.05.12 12:38 ]

Richard Ottaway MP's backs the Govt:

Thank you for contacting me about motoring costs. I understand the impact high world oil prices, and the high cost of fuel, is having on families across the country at a time when household budgets are being severely stretched.

It is very important to remember that the Government has listened to these genuine concerns and has already taken firm action back to help hard pressed motorists this year. Under the previous Government’s plans, fuel duty was due to rise twice this year. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase and delayed the first increase until August.

Despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic background, the Government cut fuel duty by 1p per litre last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices.

This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013. Thanks to these measures, fuel prices will be 10 pence per litre lower as of April 2012 and, the steps Ministers have taken means families will save £144 on filling up the average sized family car by the end of the year. In addition, the Chancellor increased Vehicle Excise Duty by inflation only in this year’s Budget.
I appreciate these significant reductions have not ended the pressure on families and businesses. The UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the nation’s finances. Tackling the debts we inherited from Labour will also keep interest rates lower, helping businesses and families with mortgages. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth.
I fully support the measures the Chancellor has already undertaken to help motorists.

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[ posted by Mark Hararison, 23.05.12 13:39 ]

Alec Shelbrooke MP - Replied to my email stating the same old drivel, blame labour:
I know the impact high world oil prices, and the high cost of fuel, is having at a time when all our household budgets are being severely stretched. While I try not to make sweeping political statements in my correspondence with constituents, I do think it important to note the context of the budget. Under the previous Government’s plans, fuel duty was due to rise twice this year. In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor scrapped the second planned increase and delayed the first increase until August. Despite the huge deficit we inherited and against a tough global economic background, the Government cut fuel duty last year and announced the introduction of a new Fair Fuel Stabiliser that ensures North Sea oil companies contribute more at times of high oil prices. This amounts to a £4.5 billion support package for motorists from 2011-2013. Thanks to these measures alone, fuel prices will be 10 pence per litre lower as of April 2012 than they would otherwise have been. The steps Ministers have taken means families will save £144 on filling up the average sized family car by the end of the year. I'm not for one minute suggesting that this will solve the issue for families and businesses in my constituency, indeed we are all still hit by high fuel prices. However, I can't stress how expensive a cut in duty is and in the economic situation we're in it really isn’t affordable. The UK is spending over £120 million every day on debt interest payments alone and our priority must be to restore the nation’s finances. Tackling the debts we inherited from Labour will also keep interest rates lower, helping businesses and families with mortgages. Without dealing with this, there can be no sustainable economic growth. I have already, and will continue to relay the concerns of my constituents over fuel prices to colleagues and continue to support such actions as postponing duty rises and cuts as have featured in the Chancellors earlier statements.

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[ posted by Rob Williams, 24.05.12 09:25 ]

I just cannot believe that this, and previous, governments have not even vaguely attempted a different strategy to raise revenue from fuel.I could see the logic of hiking taxing prices at the pump when it was OUR OIL - but imported from the Middle East?
By hiking pump prices, all it does is to heap more pressure on the road transport industry- which I acceed needs to become far more efficient, and those who have to make essential journeys such as those in the rural communities - and guess where the smallest percentage of the electoral live?? WHAT a surprise!Those STILL driving the "Chelsea Tractors" to get their kids to school down the road won`t even notice a price rise.

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[ posted by Terence Wilkins, 25.05.12 22:33 ]

My local MP - Brandon Lewis - has - even though he's a Conservative MP - said already - on his website - that he has already agreed with the Fair Fuel Campaign and has signed up to the Campaign. :D

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[ posted by Lesley Cross, 26.05.12 15:18 ]

I emailed my MP and have just received his reply. As usual the reasoning says "despite the huge deficit we inherited etc etc". I am heartily sick of hearing Tories moaning about the situation they inherited. Whilst the Labour Party was busy ruining this country they were supposed to be in opposition and therefore stopping the ridiculous actions leading up to that. At no stage did we hear anyone shouting from the rooftops or even humbly objecting. The Tories are just as responsible for the mess as the Labour Party.

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[ posted by Lesley Cross, 26.05.12 15:24 ]

I have just noticed - the letter to James Hussey from him MP Richard Benyan is almost identical to the one I received from Neil Carmichael - with just a few minor alterations. Does this mean they have agreed a collective response or does it mean none of them have an individual response between them?

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