Plaid welcome Labour support for fuel duty campaign


Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader Elfyn Llwyd MP has welcomed the Labour Party's support for the long-running SNP/Plaid campaign to scrap the proposed 3p hike in fuel costs set to be introduced in August.

While stating that Labour's endorsement of this cross-party campaign was a positive development, Mr Llwyd expressed disappointment at their dithering over taking the government to task on this hugely important issue.

Mr Llwyd said:

"Labour's declaration of support for our long-running campaign to scrap the fuel duty rise is most welcome.

"Rising fuel costs impact the daily lives of the majority of ordinary people, particularly in rural areas such as my Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency where efficient transport is essential.

“Figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that poorer families spend more of their income on petrol than richer families, so there is an earning effect as well through soaring fuel prices.

"However, this issue really is the elephant in the room as far as the latest Budget is concerned, with the Chancellor failing to address soaring prices at the pump despite it being one of the main causes of rising inflation.

"Therefore it is disappointing that the Labour Party has taken so long to declare support for this campaign, especially considering the fact that petrol prices nearly doubled during the 13 years they were in government and that the last Labour Prime Minister broke his promise of not increasing duty.

"Plaid Cymru alongside the SNP have been calling for a genuine fuel duty stabiliser for nearly a decade. It is a shame that Labour's lethargy coupled with the Coalition's complacency has prevented this from being introduced.

"With just six weeks to go until the proposed duty rise in August, we can only hope that Labour's support will not prove to be too little too late."