MPs meet to fight congestion charge

MPs have met to discuss ways to oppose the introduction of a congestion charge in Manchester.

A charge of £5 a day has been proposed by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) as part of an application for £3 billion of Government investment in public transport in the city.

The Stop the Charge coalition made up of MPs, council leaders and businesses is campaigning for a No vote when the referendum is held in December.

At the campaign launch at Hydes brewery, one MP described the congestion charge as "insane".

Labour MP for Blackley Graham Stringer said: "I think the proposals will be extremely bad, particularly at a time when people are losing their jobs.

"I think it is insane having a tax that only Manchester people have to pay when no other British regional city will be burdened with a similar tax."

A Yes campaign spokesman said: "It is still hard to comprehend how any elected politician can justify opposing a £3 billion investment in public transport that will significantly improve the daily lives of their constituents."

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