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Erith and Thamesmead MP urges fuel rise rethink

PUBLISHED: 13:05 03 December 2012

Teresa Pearce MP (left) campaigning to stop the fuel duty rise with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Teresa Pearce MP (left) campaigning to stop the fuel duty rise with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

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The government's proposed New Year fuel rise has been criticised by Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce.

The Chancellor George Osborne is planning to increase petrol prices by 3p a litre next month.

Ms Pearce has joined a number of Labour members of parliament criticising the Conservatives for being out of touch with society with people feeling the pinch in the economic crisis.

She said: “Delaying January’s fuel duty rise until at least April would provide some much needed relief for my constituents.

“I hope they will reconsider given the strength of feeling on the issue. Delaying the rise would really help people on low and middle incomes.”

In response, the Treasury has said that the postponement of earlier planned fuel duty rises has already helped keep costs down. It had originally been scheduled to be introduced in August but Mr Osborne delayed it for five months.

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