MacDonald slams London parties for opposing cheaper fuel
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 15:34
Joyce and Connarty fail to vote
Councillor Angus MacDonald, SNP Economic Development spokesperson and SNP candidate for Falkirk East has condemned Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs after they blocked a bid by the SNP and Plaid Cymru last night to force the UK Government to take action over spiralling fuel prices.
The SNP / Plaid Cymru group used their annual allotment of parliamentary time to force a debate on the impact of rising fuel prices.
SNP and Plaid MPs put forward a motion demanding the UK Government take immediate action to stabilise fuel prices.
The result of the vote was 14 Ayes to 303 Noes. Most Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs voted against the motion. Most Labour MPs abstained.
Commenting on the vote, Angus MacDonald said:
“It’s absolutely astonishing that none of the London parties supported the SNP and Plaid Cymru’s attempt to bring down fuel prices.
“While households are struggling with increased VAT and uncontrollable fuel prices the Liberals voted to maintain the status quo.
“LibDem and Tory MPs must explain why they voted for sky high fuel prices instead of the establishment of a fuel duty stabiliser that would bring prices down now - which they promised to do before the Westminster election. Falkirk's Labour MPs Eric Joyce and Michael Connarty must explain why they never even bothered to vote.
“Why is Scotland - the most oil rich nation in Europe - paying amongst the highest fuel prices?
“Motorists and business are facing pump prices that are nearly £1.30 a litre in Falkirk district.
“If Westminster won’t act then we need to equip the Scottish Parliament with the powers so that it can deliver instead.
“Voters will have a clear choice in May: either to be constantly ripped off by London, or be represented by a party that stands up for Scotland’s needs.