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Conservatives Face Hypocrisy Row Over Backing Drivers Bill

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The controversy surrounding the Conservatives revolves around the perceived hypocrisy in their stance on driving-related policies. Rishi Sunak's proposed bill to support drivers by reducing Ulez, banning pay-per-mile road taxes, and opposing LTNs has sparked a backlash, especially as it contradicts actions taken by his own ministers in the past. The prime minister's promise to end the Labour Party's "war on drivers" in London and Wales is being heavily scrutinized due to the conflicting views within his party.

While the Conservatives are attempting to rally their core support with this backing drivers bill, accusations of hypocrisy have emerged as past actions from key party members suggest a different approach to driving-related policies. The involvement of various Conservative figures, such as former prime minister Boris Johnson and current transport secretary Mark Harper, in previous measures like Ulez and pay-per-mile schemes has created a sense of inconsistency within the party's stance on these issues. Labour has been quick to highlight the contradictions within the Tory party, pointing out instances where senior Conservatives have supported initiatives like LTNs and road pricing schemes.

The tension surrounding the Conservatives' handling of driving policies has intensified with accusations of rank hypocrisy from opposition parties. Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh has criticized the Tories for offering "reheated announcements, gimmicks, and broken promises" to drivers while highlighting the party's track record on issues like potholes and car insurance costs. The Conservatives' attempt to appeal to motorists by opposing certain driving-related measures has raised questions about their consistency and commitment to addressing environmental concerns, particularly in the run-up to the general election.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09