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Hull North MP Diana Johnson launches caravan tax petition

Caravan tax petition
Image caption The government believes imposing VAT on static caravans would close a loophole in the law

A petition against government plans to introduce 20% VAT on the sale of static caravans has been launched in Hull.

Hull North Labour MP, Diana Johnson, launched the cross-party petition and said the tax would be "unfair and destructive".

The National Caravan Council (NCC) has already said it could cost jobs in East Yorkshire's caravan manufacturing industry.

The government said the change was about fairness.

Many UK caravans are manufactured in East Yorkshire and the NCC has warned the tax could mean that "in the first year, more than 1,000 jobs could be lost in manufacturing, plus a similar number from suppliers to the industry".

Mobile or touring caravans already carry VAT and the government has said putting the tax on static caravans was about changing a loophole in the law.

Launching the petition in Hull's Queen Victoria Square, Ms Johnson, said: "This Commons' petition against the caravan tax is part of our cross-party campaign, using every means at our disposal, to persuade ministers to withdraw this unfair and destructive tax.

"We're asking Hull people to get behind caravan workers and their fight for local jobs."

Ms Johnson was joined at the launch by Lord Prescott and fellow Labour MP, Alan Johnson, who represents Hull West and Hessle.

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