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Oil prices – fuelling more problems for Labour?


fuel.jpgRoads into London and Cardiff are expected to be jammed with lorry convoys as part of a protest at the soaring cost of fuel.

Average prices have risen during the past month by their highest margin this century to 114.2 pence per litre of petrol and 126.7 pence per litre of diesel, the AA says.

In January, the national average petrol price was 104.3 pence per litre and diesel was 109.2 pence per litre.

The rise has mirrored the cost of oil as it recently breached $130 a barrel.

The government has staved off one planned increase in fuel duty, but a 2 pence rise is scheduled to go ahead in the autumn, affecting all motorists.

Wednesday’s front pages


indycut2.jpgThe crucial poll win in Pennsylvania by US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton came too late for many newspapers, who predominantly went instead with rising food prices and fears for a missing boy in Wednesday’s headlines.

THE INDEPENDENT: The Chilling Message From Zimbabwe’s Church Leaders

The paper runs a dramatic quote in red and black letters which says: “If nothing is done to help the people of Zimbabwe, we shall soon be witnessing genocide similar to that in Kenya and Rwanda.” Story here.