Rugby MP calls for investigation into high petrol prices

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MARK Pawsey joins group of MPs calling for an Office of Fair Trading investigation into petrol prices.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has joined more than 60 other MPs in signing a Commons motion calling on the Prime Minister to strengthen the regulation of the oil market.

The group led by Robert Halfon MP, a prominent campaigner on fuel costs, are demanding an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading into fuel costs.

After signing the motion Mr Pawsey said: “Over the last year many of my constituents have contacted me to express their concerns regarding the high cost of fuel in the UK. It is clear that despite petrol prices having fallen for the most of this year drivers are seeing little benefit and I do not believe that is right.

“My constituents also want to know why fuel prices vary so sharply not only across the country but also from town to neighbouring town. Many of my constituents have contacted me pointing out that fuel costs in other local areas were significantly cheaper than in Rugby. Indeed when researching this issue today I found that the cost of both unleaded petrol and diesel in both Leamington Spa and Kenilworth is around 3p per litre cheaper than here in Rugby. This is one of a number of reasons that we need an investigation into this issue.

“I would like to see a balanced and fair approach by the oil companies to ensure hard pressed hard working families are not being unfairly charged for petrol.”

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