News — 13 November 2012

Last night, Green MP Caroline Lucas joined Tory MPs Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby to punish residents across the city in voting to raise petrol by 3p per litre from January.

Labour MPs used an opposition day debate to call for the rise to be postponed, but were defeated by the Government, and so now the rise will go ahead as planned.

With the economy so fragile and prices still rising faster than wages, The Labour Party thought it would be wrong to go ahead with another tax rise on families and businesses.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, Leader of The Labour and Cooperative Group in Brighton and Hove, said:

“Hard pressed families in Brighton and Hove will be disappointed that their Green and Tory representatives in Parliament have once again let them down.  Next April the Government plans to hit people on middle and low incomes with extra taxes and cuts to their services while giving 8,000 millionaires a tax cut. That’s out of touch and completely unfair.”

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