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UK lorry driver crisis threatens to cripple Christmas shopping

Jill_Seymour.jpegRetailers could struggle to keep their shelves stocked during the crucial Christmas trading period because of an ‘alarming’ shortage of British lorry drivers, UKIP’s Transport spokesman warned today.

Jill Seymour, the West Midlands MEP, has accused the Government of failing to recognise the scale of the crisis in the haulage sector, and doing next to nothing to encourage young people into the industry. Speaking at the start of the Road Haulage Association’s first ever National Lorry Week, she said: “I have been warning for months that we are lurching towards a massive crisis, and I take no satisfaction in saying that the evidence is now proving me right.

“The Road Haulage Association (RHA) believes the UK is now short of between 45,000 and 50,000 drivers, and says the situation is getting worse by the week. It’s alarming.

“Older drivers are turning their backs on the business due to the cost and bureaucracy of the EU’s unwarranted Certificate of Professional Competence, and potential newcomers can’t afford the £3,000 needed to get their truck licence.

“It will be a tragedy, and a scandal, if the Government waits until shelves are left empty in the shops before realising they must raise this issue much higher up the political agenda.”

She added: “Around 85 per cent of every product brought into the UK is carried by a haulier at some stage in the supply chain – we are talking about an industry which is the lifeblood of our economy.

“If the haulage industry stops functioning, then so does the UK.”

Mrs Seymour pledged her full support to the RHA’s lobbying efforts during National Lorry Week, saying: “I’m in total agreement with the organisation that the Government can, and should be doing much more to help with this driver shortage crisis.”

The Government says it is committed to delivering three million apprenticeship starts in the driving industry by 2020 through its ‘Trailblazer’ programme.

But Mrs Seymour said: “That’s too little, too late. It’s no good setting up apprenticeships, if there is no incentive for the next generation to choose a career in the haulage industry in the first place. It’s all talk, and no action from the Tories – as usual.”

Message from Quentin Willson @FairFuelUK

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The FairFuelUK Campaign

FairFuelUK Campaigning Message from Quentin Willson

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October 2015

Dear FairFuelUK Supporter, Quentin Willson of the FairFuelUK Campaign

Because of your support we are making a significant difference in Westminster. Almost every day we see evidence that our fight for lower fuel costs hasn’t just significantly helped the UK economy but has become something the Government likes taking lots of credit for. Only last week a Conservative MP told Jon Snow on C4 News that the suspension of Labour’s fuel duty escalators has helped everybody not least those likely to suffer from the contentious cuts in income tax credits. The MP didn’t of course mention that No 10 had to be bullied by FairFuelUK (thanks to your support) to cancel those rises in the first place, but the Conservatives are clearly enjoying being on the moral high ground when it comes to transport costs.

The Bank of England continues to crow about low inflation due to falling fuel spend and economists continually tell us that low fuel prices have increased consumer confidence and economic activity. But we’re not resting on our laurels. We have again commissioned the CEBR to analyse in depth the impact of recent lower pump prices on HM Treasury’s tax receipts, consumer spending, inflation, jobs and economic growth. The results will be ready before George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on November 25th. We will keep you informed. In the meantime please read our update below and how your continuing support is vital to address those issues 37m drivers contend with everyday.

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Please take part in our quick Diesel Survey →
We’re now a major voice in the diesel debate advising caution and writing to the Chancellor asking him to resist any knee-jerk duty or tax rises. Our diesel surveywww.fairfueluk.com/dieselsurvey.html already has 3000 responses in the last 48 hours and will give us an accurate snapshot of public sentiment on diesel and emissions. We know we can’t let the media drive this very important debate and are making sure the discussions are informed, fair and sensible. Please can you spend just a couple of minutes in completing this survey. We need to get your thoughts into the media and at Westminster.

Were you aware of the critical shortage of lorry drivers? →
As you know FairFuelUK is partly funded by the leading UK Haulage Associations, the APN, FTA and RHA who represent the commercial heartbeat of our nation. Lorries quite literally move the UK economy – BUT – due to a significant driver shortage that movement is threatened and may impact on shop supplies, inflation, economic growth and as a consequence all our lives. To emphasise the importance of the road haulage industry, the RHA are staging a national awareness campaign, ‘National Lorry Week’, from the 26th-31st October 2015. Please support it by going to the RHA Website.

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At last we have a Pump Pricing Inquiry 
There’s growing anti-car rhetoric out there which needs to be robustly countered by a trustworthy and experienced voice. And that’s us. We’re making history with our All Party Parliamentary Group enquiry into road fuel pricing planned for December (the first truly independent road fuel enquiry ever) and have invited the major players in the fuel supply chain to have their say. We’re anxious that the UK has clear and transparent fuel pricing for consumers and giving the industry an opportunity to explain and clarify the current system will help everybody.

We’re also about to release the findings of our recent FairFuel Motoring Survey – the biggest survey of UK drivers – which will provide hard evidence for our continued lobbying in Westminster. And our lobbying does work. I was talking to an independent petrol retailer the other day who told me that our media activity criticising the Rocket and Feather pricing effect has made a big difference. He admitted that he’s now much more aware that the public doesn’t like the fast price rises at the pumps when oil goes up and the glacial reductions when crude goes down and he’s changed his pricing policy as a result. Surprise, surprise, he’s seeing more customer loyalty and better sales on his forecourt. Our aim is to make the road fuel market in the UK fairer, cheaper, more transparent and better understood by both politicians and the public.

FairFuelUK will continue to make this a reality. Please keep supporting FairFuelUK and get others you know to do the same. The more of us backing sanity at the pumps and supporting the only credible campaigning voice for UK’s hard pressed drivers, the likelihood our politicos will act!

Thank you so much for your support, best wishes
Quentin Willson

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www.fairfueluk.comFairFuelUK is the Nationally Recognised Award Winning Campaign fighting for lower petrol & diesel prices and is widely accredited with stopping £30 billion of fuel duty being levied on businesses and the public since 2011. FairFuelUK is supported by 1,200,000 members of the public, founding backers the RHA and FTA, plus Microlise and the Association of Pallet Networks – Over 140 MPs have also declared their support for the FairFuelUK Campaign. The Campaign’s primary focuses are to see a significant cut in Fuel Duty (with VAT the total tax approximates to nearly 70% of the pump price), more pricing receipt transparency and for petrol and diesel to be of equal levels of pricing at the pumps. FairFuelUK will continue to fight against oil speculator profiteering influence and any potential market price fixing at the pumps.

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Boris in spectacular EU-turn #UKIP

Britain ‘CAN’T leave Europe’, says Boris in spectacular U-turn

LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson has made the astonishing claim that Britain “can’t leave Europe” – despite previously arguing it could be time for us to quit the EU.

Johnson made the comments in an interview with a German newspaper

Johnson made the comments in an interview with a German newspaper WHOLE ARTICLE

Mr Johnson – who just weeks ago claimed Britain could forge a “glorious” future outside of the EU – made the spectacular U-turn in an interview with a German newspaper yesterday.The mayor had originally been touted as a potential leader for the ‘No’ campaign in the upcoming EU referendum.Boris-JohnsonBut he claimed yesterday that his “ideal world” is one where Britain is in the EU – and hinted that he would like to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister.

The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP said: “Look, we can’t leave Europe. We’re part of the European Continent. What is the English Channel? It’s a primeval river that got slightly too big… We’re always going to be a part of Europe psychologically.”

His pro-Europe comments mark a significant change from his earlier statements on Britain’s relationship with Brussels.

11800029_1203249269701249_6332985808870747512_nJust days ago he argued that “it might well be better to quit an unreformed EU than stay in” – while in June he claimed London would “continue to thrive” in or out of Europe.

But the Mayor – dubbed “one of the fathers of euro-bashing” by German publication Der Spiegel – said that Whitehall bureaucrats would “virtually reconstruct” Britain’s membership of the EU even if the public votes to leave.

He said: “The British representation to the EU in Brussels wouldn’t move, you would still have the same people there.”