I appreciate that the cost of fuel has been a major part of the cost of living crisis that is affecting households in our constituency and across the country.
That is why under a Labour Government there will be no return to the Fuel Duty Escalator, which drives up tax, and we will not increase VAT in the next Parliament. The current Government's decision to raise VAT to 20%, however, added around 3p per litre to the price of fuel.
It is also clear that the recent falls in the global oil price have not been passed on to motorists, which I know is a cause of real frustration. Labour have called on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to act and to start the process of launching an inquiry into petrol pricing on the forecourt.
Motorists have also seen the quality of our roads deteriorate under this Government, with rising congestion and promised road improvements not being delivered.2,262 miles of local roads are in need of maintenance – further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again. I know that our Labour County Council have been working hard to try and deal with the Libdem backlog of potholes that stood at over 30,000 before Labour took over.
Labour will devolve to local areas greater control over transport spending, so that communities and their representatives can better deliver on local priorities. We will also require in law that highways authorities work with local areas to improve integration between local and strategic roads and deliver a better national road network.