MPs from the south are delighted that George Osborne has announced fuel duty will not go up by 3p in August as planned. It is also a victory for Fair Fuel UK, a pressure group led by the redoubtableFolkestone-based campaigner Peter Carroll.
He was the man behind the campaign to get residency rights for former Gurkhas. This time he didn't need to enlist Joanna Lumley to the cause - but he did get a number of Tory MPs from the south to threaten rebellion against the Government over fuel duty. That seemed to do the trick.
The Government is battling a massive deficit, but when it saw its own backbenchers - and Mr Carroll - ranged against it, it knew a fuel duty climbdown was inevitable.
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