Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude
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Cabinet office minister Maude defends jerrycan comments

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has defended comments he made suggesting people should store petrol in a jerrycan in their garage, in case a strike by tanker drivers goes ahead.

Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday morning, he said "The greater the extent to which people have fuel in their vehicles - with maybe a little bit in the garage as well in a jerrycan - the longer we'll be able to keep things going."

The advice prompted criticism from the Fire Brigades Union who urged Mr Maude to withdraw his statement.

However, when questioned later by BBC Radio 4's World At One presenter Martha Kearney, he refused to do so.

  • 28 Mar 2012
  • From the section UK
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