Barbara Keeley MP



I know that high fuel prices are having a serious impact on household budgets and businesses in Worsley & Eccles South and across the country. In December 2016 the cost of filling an average 55-litre petrol car was £8 more expensive than in January 2016 and a tank of diesel fuel was £10 dearer.

The online petition calling for a new 'Pump-Watch' regulator to monitor and regulate vehicle fuel pricing has attracted significant support. I know the petition's supporters will be disappointed that the Conservative Government has said it is against the idea. However, should the petition reach 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

It is important to ensure competition is working and that falls in the price of oil are reflected in the price we pay at the pump. I know this is a cause of real frustration for motorists and I believe that further action is needed and that a review of how to best stabilise fuel pricing would be sensible.

I appreciate the ongoing concerns there are about the general state of the road network, the backlog of repairs and the cost of bringing these up to standard. The UK has been ranked behind 26 other countries on road quality. I am concerned that very little of this work has been started, despite Government promises of investment in our major roads.

At the last election I stood on a manifesto which pledged to support long-term investment in strategic roads and to address the neglect of local roads. I will continue to support efforts to hold the Government to account on these priorities.

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