Autumn Statement: MP to campaign for fuel duty rebate

First published in Business news York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Business editor

AS businesses wait to hear the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plans for tax and spending, a North Yorkshire MP has vowed to campaign for lower fuel prices.

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Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, has said she would continue to campaign for a fuel duty rebate for parts of her constituency.

She said: "At present the main concerns for those living in the countryside, the most rural and isolated parts of Ryedale and Hambleton, is the cost of fuel, household heating fuel and vehicle fuel.

"I shall be relaunching with renewed vigour, my campaign for a pilot fuel duty rebate for specific parts of Ryedale and Hambleton, which have the highest fuel prices in the country, particularly for diesel. The fact that it now costs over £70 to refuel a vehicle, with the need for 4x4 vehicles in the extreme conditions of North Yorkshire, emphasises how disadvantaged the private motorist is in rural constituencies like Thirsk, Malton and Filey."

Miss McIntosh said the high price of fuel will take money out of public sector budgets, and as a result impact on the service provided by school buses, police, ambulances and other public services.

She added: "In terms of economic growth, I want rural business in Thirsk, Malton and Filey to be able to compete fairly with those in urban areas of Yorkshire and the Humber region, and elsewhere in the UK. That is why fair fuel pricing is so vitally important for economic growth in rural areas.

"I believe we have a strong case to make both to the Chancellor and to the EU Commission for a rural fuel duty rebate for specific parts of Ryedale and Hambleton hit by the highest fuel prices in the country. What is good for Scotland should be good for Yorkshire and England too."

Contact Julie Hayes, business editor, on 01904 567144 or julie.hayes@thepress.co.uk to have your say on today's announcements.

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12:01pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Bucktrout says...

Since when was there a constituency called "Thirsk Malton and Filey"??
Since when was there a constituency called "Thirsk Malton and Filey"?? Bucktrout
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12:03pm Wed 5 Dec 12

inthesticks says...

An MP who speaks up for ordinary people - we could do with JS and HB to do more of it.
An MP who speaks up for ordinary people - we could do with JS and HB to do more of it. inthesticks
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12:06pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Guy Fawkes says...

The constituency is actually called Thirsk and Malton. It was created in 2010, just before the last election, and consists of the former Vale of York constituency plus a number of wards from its eastern neighbour (Ryedale), including Filey. It was created in one of the usual rounds of Boundary Commission tweaks to try to even out the populations in each constituency.

But you're right: there is no such thing as a parliamentary constitutency called Thirsk, Malton and Filey. Either McIntosh or the journalist got that one wrong.
The constituency is actually called Thirsk and Malton. It was created in 2010, just before the last election, and consists of the former Vale of York constituency plus a number of wards from its eastern neighbour (Ryedale), including Filey. It was created in one of the usual rounds of Boundary Commission tweaks to try to even out the populations in each constituency. But you're right: there is no such thing as a parliamentary constitutency called Thirsk, Malton and Filey. Either McIntosh or the journalist got that one wrong. Guy Fawkes
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12:28pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Bucktrout says...

Looks like Julie Hayes took it directly from the Mackintosh quote.

If Miss McIntosh doesn't even know the name of the constituency she represents, well, who knows what will happen should she need to remember one of the people living in it.
Looks like Julie Hayes took it directly from the Mackintosh quote. If Miss McIntosh doesn't even know the name of the constituency she represents, well, who knows what will happen should she need to remember one of the people living in it. Bucktrout
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3:59pm Wed 5 Dec 12

R'Marcus says...

inthesticks wrote:
An MP who speaks up for ordinary people - we could do with JS and HB to do more of it.
Do you0 mean "JS" who represents York Outer but
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: An MP who speaks up for ordinary people - we could do with JS and HB to do more of it.[/p][/quote]Do you0 mean "JS" who represents York Outer but R'Marcus
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4:01pm Wed 5 Dec 12

R'Marcus says...

R'Marcus wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
An MP who speaks up for ordinary people - we could do with JS and HB to do more of it.
Do you0 mean "JS" who represents York Outer but
...does nothing for the people?
[quote][p][bold]R'Marcus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: An MP who speaks up for ordinary people - we could do with JS and HB to do more of it.[/p][/quote]Do you0 mean "JS" who represents York Outer but[/p][/quote]...does nothing for the people? R'Marcus
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6:47pm Wed 5 Dec 12

gjh says...

I find it interesting then that when MPs voted in November against blocking the 3 pence rise, Miss McIntosh was absent. Surely if she was that concerned for her constituents she would have cast a "no" vote contrary to her party line.
I find it interesting then that when MPs voted in November against blocking the 3 pence rise, Miss McIntosh was absent. Surely if she was that concerned for her constituents she would have cast a "no" vote contrary to her party line. gjh
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8:55pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Omega Point says...

Grandstaniding gesture. No part of these isles will have differentiated fuel prices,and she knows it. Unachievable so why waste words.
Grandstaniding gesture. No part of these isles will have differentiated fuel prices,and she knows it. Unachievable so why waste words. Omega Point
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9:01am Thu 6 Dec 12

inthesticks says...

Our two York M.P.`s should be making a statement re the Chancellors statement today. Can we expect that to be in Thursday`s Press YP?
Our two York M.P.`s should be making a statement re the Chancellors statement today. Can we expect that to be in Thursday`s Press YP? inthesticks
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