Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, has secured a review on the rules relating to the use of red diesel in farm vehicles for charitable and community purposes after he took up the case of Hartland farmer, John Thorne, who was fined £250 for mowing the local village team’s football pitch.
As a result of meetings with Treasury ministers coupled with continued pressure and action from Mr Cox over the case of constituent John Thorne, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Justine Greening MP has ordered a review of the enforcement policies of HMRC for red diesel.
Geoffrey said: “I am pleased at the decision of the Treasury to review the enforcement polices of HMRC that led to the action against John Thorne. I very much hope that common sense will prevail. It is vital for community and charitable events throughout the country that what happened to John should not happen to anyone else.
“I am assured the review will look at whether a relaxation of the rules could be introduced. I can assure John and everyone else who offers support to our communities that I shall continue to press for a realistic recognition of the value and importance of the services they perform.”