Hampshire MPs set to revolt against a planned hike in petrol prices

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FOUR Hampshire MPs are to revolt against the government over rising fuel prices.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery will vote today on a backbench motion calling on ministers to consider a ‘price stabilisation mechanism’ to operate alongside Chancellor George Osborne’s fair fuel stabiliser introduced in the Budget.

More than 100 MPs of all parties – including 83 Conservatives and five Liberal Democrats – have so far signed the motion which does not represent Government policy.

Downing Street would not say whether Tory MPs would be instructed to vote against it.

However Conservative backbencher Rob Halfon, who secured the debate after a No 10 e-petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures, said he had been told there would be a three-line whip – the strongest disciplinary sanction.

He said he hoped it would be downgraded to a one-line whip before the debate begins. ‘It may be reduced – I just don’t know,’ he said.

If the Conservative whips do not relent, it would set Mr Cameron on another collision course with his own MPs after last month’s bruising rebellion over an EU referendum.