Thursday, 03 July 2008
£40 oil bonus for families in Glasgow EastFuel Duty looks set to be a key issue for the Glasgow East by-election as Gordon Brown wobbles in the first days of the campaign.
The SNP wants a fair deal for Glasgow East and is calling on the UK Government to scrap the fuel tax rise and to return Scotland's share of the current fuel tax windfall, equivalent to £40 a week for every household in Glasgow East.
SNP MP Angus Robertson has branded Brown's claim, made at a meeting of Commons Committee Chairmen, that he will look closely at fuel duty in the next couple of weeks a sign of by-election panic.
"The by-election is only two days old and already Brown is wobbling.
"After the debacle of the ten pence tax rate in Crewe and Nantwich - the voters of Glasgow East now have the opportunity to send a message to Gordon Brown that the rise in fuel duty must be scrapped.
"While Labour is reaping billions of pounds in oil taxes, families in Glasgow East are feeling the pinch as food and fuel prices increase.
"Scotland's share of Gordon Brown's oil bonanza would mean £40 per household for families in Glasgow East.
"Gordon Brown is facing a by-election backlash over fuel tax. It's no wonder he's staying away.
"In contrast SNP MPs last night voted to bring down fuel duty - a move Glasgow's Labour MPs opposed.
"Whilst Labour MPs put Gordon before Glasgow the SNP is on the side of people in Glasgow East calling for a cut in fuel duty and for Scotland's share of the oil wealth to make its way to Glasgow's East End."