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AA: Drivers continue to be short-changed on fuel

The AA have said that drivers and businesses are still being short-changed, despite the threat of an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation of the road fuel market.

Drivers and businesses are still being short-changed, the AA have warned Credit: REUTERS

On average, the cheapest petrol at the moment is in Yorkshire and Humberside (134.3p a litre) and the most expensive is in south-east England at 135.7p.

Yorkshire and Humberside also has the cheapest diesel (141.0p) with Northern Ireland the most expensive (142.6p).

Petrol prices condemned despite fall

The AA have condemned fuel prices despite the fall Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Petrol prices have fallen but drivers are still being short-changed, according to the AA.

Average petrol prices have gone down from 138.95p a litre in mid October to 135.08p now, with diesel dropping from 143.74p a litre to 141.89p.

But the fall in wholesale petrol prices across Europe should have knocked UK pump prices down by 10p to 11p a litre, the AA said.

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Nadine Dorries attacks Osborne over junior minister's Newsnight appearance

Economic Secretary Chloe Smith faced a difficult round of interviews as she attempted to explain the decision to scrap a planned fuel duty increase on BBC's Newsnight.

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has blamed the Chancellor George Osborne for what is being regarded as a very poor performance by the junior minister.

Asked whether Ms Dorries would be disciplined for her attack on Mr Osborne, a source close to the Prime Minister said: "Nadine is Nadine, isn't she? What can you do?"

Energy chairman: 'Fuel duty u-turn should not have been top priority'

Conservative Tim Yeo, chairman of the energy and climate change committee told Channel 4 News tonight that the Government's u-turn on fuel duty would not have been his "top priority" and he "regrets" the option was chosen.

Tim Yeo, the Tory chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Mr Yeo said: "I think the priority should have been to continue working to take low income families on less than £10,000 out of tax. That's a coalition priority and I think spending the money that way would have reached lots of low income families."

RMI chairman: 'Deferring fuel duty will give us time to prepare'

Brian Madderson, chairman of the Retail Motor Industry, has told ITV News that it was "excellent news for motorists" that the Chancellor has scrapped plans to increase fuel duty this year.

Mr Madderson said that although the decision was to "defer" the move, it would "give more time" to prepare for the George Osborne's Autumn statement.

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