Brandon Lewis called on the government to help motorists and businesses with the cost of petrol and diesel.

The MP for Great Yarmouth backed calls from campaign group Fair Fuel UK to see at least a freezing of fuel duty until the next General Election.

He was speaking before Chancellor Jeremy Hunt made his autumn statement on Thursday (November 17), when he unveiled a £55 billion package of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Mr Lewis said: “Fuel costs are a significant factor in the high levels of inflation we are experiencing.

"Higher oil prices are exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sending pump prices to stratospheric levels.  

"Petrol is 22p per litre higher than back in January. That’s £11 extra to fill up an average family car," Mr Lewis added.

In the autumn statement, Mr Hunt set out a package of £30 billion of spending cuts and £24 billion in tax rises over the next five years.