Labour hypocrisy over fuel debate


Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesperson Jonathan Edwards MP has expressed his disbelief that Labour called an opposition day debate on fuel duty in the House of Commons today despite abstaining on a key Plaid Cymru-SNP vote just over a month ago.

Yesterday, Mr Edwards slammed the Labour party leadership for calling for a cut in VAT and fuel duty as “game playing” as it was revealed that the track record of the majority of Labour MPs were completely unsupportive.

Mr Edwards also pointed out that in key votes led by Plaid and the SNP over the last three years, Labour MPs have either voted against or not bothered voting at all, consistently let down their constituents.

Mr Edwards said that Labour’s conversion was simply “electioneering” and that their voting records on fuel would prove highly embarrassing.

Mr Edwards said: “It may be that Labour wants to forget its atrocious record in government – but in opposition they are no more principled either. When Plaid Cymru and the SNP led the way on this issue and held a vote on it a month ago - Labour simply sat on their hands.

“Just four weeks ago, all bar six Labour MPs completely abstained from voting on the motion which would have forced the UK Government to put in place a fuel duty regulator to tackle rising fuel prices. In 2008, similarly, they voted against it entirely.

“When voting against could have made a real difference to people’s lives – Labour were nowhere to be found.

"People are struggling to make ends meet because of the excessive price of fuel.

“What we need is real action. There is a huge amount of support backing the call for a Fuel Duty Regulator right now with support coming from a number of industry groups such as the Road Haulage Association, the Federation of Small Businesses and farming unions such as the NFU and the FUW.

“This overnight conversion will not wash and Labour needs to remember that actions speak louder than words. Their voting records prove very much otherwise.

“Voters in Wales see right through this as electioneering.

"Plaid Cymru has a track record of fighting for fair fuel prices. Labour has a record of doing the absolute reverse.”