THE possibility of a rural fuel duty rebate in North Yorkshire has been raised directly with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Thirsk and Malton Tory MP Anne McIntosh met George Osborne in the Commons and afterwards described their talks as “extremely positive.”

She is calling for a 5p-a-litre rebate - currently being piloted in the Scottish Highlands and the Scilly Isles - to be extended to her constiituency, which has some of the higest diesel prices in the country.

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“I explained to the Chancellor the crippling cost of fuel is eating into the budgets of key public services,” she said.

Sher will now be meetingTreasury Minister Chloe Smith about the finer details of the proposal.