Energy crisis: Johnson urged to address fuel shortage with new policy | Politics | New
The government has come under pressure to introduce a new fiscal policy to better address the cost of living crisis in the country. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been told to focus on crafting effective economic policy to support the people and appease the prime minister’s conservative critics within his own party. Boris Johnson survived Monday night’s no-confidence vote, despite fears that divisions in the Conservative Party will continue to distract political attention from key economic concerns.
Speaking on GB News, Liz Kershaw suggested the Conservative Party could establish public favor by cutting fuel costs and scrapping VAT on fuel taxes.
Ms Kershaw said: ‘The Chancellor can’t go on and stay fashionable, he’s actually putting VAT on fuel taxes.
“88p on every liter of petrol now goes straight to the Treasury”
“So stop patronizing people saying we’re going to give you £150 to get you through the winter when you have a £2,800 fuel bill.
“Take it off at the pump.”
She added: “So let’s make it £52 [to fill up] and getting people out, getting them to work, being productive.
“That’s the kind of conservative politics people want to see.”
Ms Kershaw suggested that economic measures to control soaring fuel costs would restore public support for Mr Johnson’s government.
As Tory MPs slam the Prime Minister amid fears his reputation could cost the Tories the next general election, effective economic measures could claw back Mr Johnson’s leadership.
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Turning to the Conservative Party, data from YouGov shows that in recent weeks public confidence in the reliability and competence of Boris Johnson has plummeted.
Additionally, in May, data from YouGov polls shows that 60% of those polled said the Prime Minister should step down as leader of the Conservative Party.
However, Mr Johnson was able to retain enough support among members of his own party to survive a vote of no confidence with 211 to 148 votes against.
In order to retain his post as Prime Minister, commentators have suggested that new economic measures should be put in place urgently to boost confidence in the Conservative government.