MP calls for lid on petrol prices

By Nigel Slater 05/04 Updated: 10/04 14:43

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PERSHORE MP Harriett Baldwin has called on Vale petrol companies to keep prices under control as pump charges reach record highs.

Fuel prices at some stations in the Vale have shot up to nearly £1.50 a litre for diesel after shortages occurred last week as motorists queued up fearing a tank strike was on the cards.

Ms Baldwin has referred the issue to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in recent months and is keeping a close eye on pump prices as supply concerns ease.

"I would be very angry if petrol companies have used this situation as an excuse to lift prices and keep them high," she said.

"As supply levels are back to normal, I hope that prices will return to the pre-budget levels and no company starts profiteering. "I will be watching prices over the coming weeks and if necessary, I will repeat my call on the OFT to examine pricing levels across the county."

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