MP hands over caravan petition

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AN MP has handed in a petition against the looming VAT rise on static caravans, as part of a national campaign.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone has collected 19 signatures against the increase, and handed them in to the House of Commons on Wednesday, alongside several other MPs.

The increase was pushed through in Parliament last month with a majority of only 25 and despite fears the hike will cost jobs.

The proposal by the Government to increase the sales tax on static holiday caravans from zero-rated to 20 per cent also raised fears for park owners.

Speaking as he handed in the petition, in the House of Commons, Mr Hollobone said: “Having voted against the imposition of VAT on static holiday caravans in the Budget resolution debate on April 18, I have the privilege to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of residents of the Kettering constituency.”

He also defied his party’s whip when voting on two other VAT rises for listed buildings and hot takeaway food.