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Irrespective of whether the chancellor sees sense and cuts fuel duty in the Budget next week (19 March), yesterday's FairFuelUK event had the added benefit of revealing the industry's political friends.

FairFuelUK's Howard Cox, supported as ever for no personal gain by journalist Quentin Willson, had done well to bring together a cross-party collection of MPs including longtime supporters and those that have bought in to the economic case for a cut in fuel duty more recently.

In attendance from the Conservative Party were both Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, Essex and long-term fuel duty foe. Jason McCartney, Conservative MP for West Yorkshire's Colne Valley (and a member of the Transport Committee) completed the blue contingent on the day.

Labour MP and Rob Flello, Labour MP Labour for Stoke-on-Trent South and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport was on hand to continue his high level of engagement with road transport.

While Angus McNeil represented - MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles) -the Scottish National Party, which has previously supported FairFuelUK in parliament.

Nigel Dodds, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP for Belfast North and and Sammy Wilson (also DUP), MP for East Antrim.

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Dodds, deputy leader of the DUP, said last week: "Whilst the government has taken steps to prevent the anticipated rises in fuel duty proposed by the last Labour administration there is clear evidence to demonstrate the beneficial effect that a reduction in fuel duty would have on our economy.

"There are huge benefits to the economy through the creation of jobs, increase to GDP and a downward pressure on inflation."

While it will be seen next week if the prime minister an chancellor are swayed by FairFuelUK's argument, it's good to know there are members of the house looking out for the road transport industry across the UK.