SNP Candidate Angus MacDonald comments as fuel prices reach new record
Friday, 22 April 2011 11:25
Diesel in refinery town rockets to 142.9p p/litre
Responding to a new AA report issued yesterday which shows fuel prices have soared to a new record high, SNP candidate for Falkirk East, Grangemouth Councillor Angus MacDonald said that the time had come for real decisive action to bring down the crippling costs of petrol and diesel for Scottish drivers.
The report from the AA reveals that unleaded petrol now costs an average of 135.8p per litre across Scotland, with diesel at 142.8p per litre. The BP petrol station beside Grangemouth's oil refinery, which is in the Falkirk East constituency is today (22/04/11) charging 136.9 pence per litre for petrol and 142.9 pence per litre for diesel at the pumps. Compared to last Easter, unleaded petrol is 15p per litre more expensive and diesel is 20p per litre dearer.
The soaring fuel costs come as the price of oil has reached $122 a barrel, with the Treasury capitalising on surging revenues from Scotland's North Sea oil and gas.
Angus MacDonald, who is also the SNP's Transport and Economic Development spokesperson at Falkirk Council said:
“It is a scandal that in an oil and energy-rich nation like Scotland, the biggest oil producer in the whole of the EU, Scots motorists and businesses are paying amongst the highest petrol and diesel prices anywhere in Europe.
“The UK Government's half-hearted action on fuel prices goes nowhere near enough – most people in Falkirk district never saw the benefit of the meagre 1p cut in duty.
“People the length and breadth of Scotland are suffering because of successive UK Governments' failure to give them a fair deal on fuel.
"Labour's recent attempts to raise the issue in the campaign is nothng short of hypocrisy. The cost of fuel rocketed when Labour were in power and they have failed to make any apology for their woeful record on fuel prices when in Government.
“The Tories and Lib-Dems have also spectacularly failed to deliver on the issue of fuel prices by reneging on their manifesto pledge to introduce a fuel tax regulator, which has been an SNP policy since 2006. Only a re-elected SNP Government will bring the pressure needed to secure a fair deal for Scotland's motorists.”