Bassetlaw: MP challenges Chancellor over £5 rise in cost of petrol

Bassetlaw MP John Man has challenged the Chancellor over the £5 rise in the cost of filling the average family car since he came into office.

Thursday, 12th December 2013, 10:53 am
John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)

George Osborne was unable to tell the Bassetlaw MP how much it cost to fill up the average family car.

George Osborne was reluctant to answer John Mann’s questions leading him to ask, whether as Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith stated, the Chancellor “yearned for a China-style Government.”

Figures produced by John Mann at today’s committee hearing showed that the cost of filling the 12.3 gallon tank on a Vauxhall Astra has increased from £68.04p to £73.02p during George Osborne’s time as Chancellor.

John Mann said: “These figures show that the cost of fuel is continuing to go up under this Chancellor and the cost to the average family is now a fiver more every time they go to fill up their cars.”

“George Osborne wants to hide the reality that the cost of fuel has gone up a fiver because of his petrol taxes.”

“Today George Osborne has shown he is hopelessly out of touch.”

“The Chancellor needs to act now and help people who are really affected by this cost of living crisis.”