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Cameron's U-turn on filling up.

The Government made a dramatic U-turn yesterday to end panic at the pumps.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey's Department for Energy and Climate Change said drivers should not panic buy petrol and diesel.

The statement from his department said: "There is no urgency to top up your tank - a strike will not happen over Easter."

Last week Prime Minister David Cameron urged motorists to keep filling up while Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude told them to keep jerry cans of fuel at home.

Their advice sparked a frenzy at filling stations but queues had shortened by yesterday.

Motoring organisation the AA and petrol retailer BP both reported a drop in demand.

An AA spokesman said: "Panic buying has dramatically dropped. There is less demand on the forecourts."

A spokesman for BP added: "We are making deliveries as quickly as possible to sites that have run out."

Tory MP Bernard Jenkin has claimed the fuel panic was a way to take people's minds off other blunders by the party.

He said: "The Government added to the heat on this."

William Hill have cut the odds of David Cameron not leading the Tories into the next election from 4/1 to 10/3. TORY PANIC: Page 16


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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