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77% blame Govt for petrol panic

77% of people surveyed for the ITV News Index has said the Government is responsible for causing unnecessary panic over the threatened strike by fuel tanker drivers.

Talks aimed at averting a strike will be held on Wednesday.

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'Talks aimed at keeping emergency service running'

The Energy Minister Ed Davey has said that his meeting with fuel hauliers today is aimed at building "detailed and robust" contingency plans, including ways to store fuel to ensure that emergency services have enough supplies in the event of a strike.

He said that the industrial dispute over pay and safety standards would not be discussed. A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy Climate Change said:

There will be no discussions on the dispute itself. That is an industrial matter, and it is for the employers and unions to resolve.

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