A Tory MP and former minister who has been a cheerleader for so-called “blue-collar Conservatism” has warned against any tax rises that would hit working families.
The chancellor has frozen fuel duty again, cancelling a 3p rise planned for September.
Gosh, George Osborne looks smug.
George Osborne is planning to freeze the planned fuel duty rise in his autumn statement, after coming under pressure from his backbenchers and receiving support from key Liberal Democrat colleagues.
George Osborne averted a Tory backbench rebellion in the Commons on Monday when the Treasury gave a powerful hint that the government could defer a planned 3p increase in fuel duty.
Prime minister's questions was largely about the freezing of fuel duty, and about Chloe Smith, the demure 30-year-old Norwich MP who is the most junior minister in the Treasury. Pro tem.