Craig MacKinlay MP

Craig MacKinlay, chair of the Fair Fuel APPG

A 30-strong group of Tory MPs have signed a letter to business secretary Grant Shapps calling on him to investigate introducing FairFuelUK’s PumpWatch proposal.

In December many of the same MPs wrote to the chancellor calling for a pump price watchdog.

Jonathan Gullis MP, who coordinated the latest letter along with Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK, said: “Along with FairFuelUK’s backing for PumpWatch, whether this watchdog is introduced as a voluntary participation body or if it must evolve into a full-blown watchdog with legislative powers, my MP colleagues, and constituents in Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove and Talke believe that something must be done now to check the chronic fleecing of motorists, so along with my fellow MPs, and the APPG [all-party parliamentary group] for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers, I propose we review and adopt the FairFuelUK PumpWatch proposals.

“In the scheme of things, this popular antidote to inflationary pressure will cost the government very little to implement, and simply involve a small team of analysts headed by the independent consumer fuel campaigning expert Howard Cox.”

Craig Mackinlay MP, chair of the Fair Fuel APPG, said: “Wholesale oil prices are way down from historic highs but the price at the pump has moved down by mere buttons. It is now even more obvious that motorists are being fleeced by the fuel retailers and it’s time for a Pumpwatch price monitor to highlight the truth and bring such blatant profiteering to heel.”