Conservative MEPs today helped block EU proposals which would have seen fuel duty sky-rocket, especially for diesel.

Conservatives supported an amendment to exempt motor fuels from proposals aimed to restructure the way energy products are taxed taking into account CO2 emissions.

Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London, said:

“I often worry that those who want to save the world are actually living on another planet.”

“In the middle of an economic crisis, families are feeling the pinch. Does the EU really want to tax its citizens further just for driving their kids to school or for turning on the heating?”

“The EU needs to take a long hard look at what’s going on in the real world, at how ordinary families are struggling to make ends meet and I am pleased that at least MEPs have recognised this by rejecting plans for higher motor fuel duty.”