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Harrow MP claims ministers need to ‘drop everything to sort out the supply chain crisis’

Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, claims ministers need to ‘drop everything to sort out the supply chain crisis’.

His concerns are in response to today’s announcements by BP and Esso. Both companies have released statements stating they are experiencing fuel supply issues at some retail sites in the UK.

An ExxonMobil spokesperson said: “The majority of the 1,200 Esso-branded sites in the UK are owned and operated by a number of independent retail companies, these companies are responsible for arranging supplies of Esso fuel to their sites.

“As regards our own operations, a small number of our 200 Tesco Alliance retail sites are impacted.

“We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers.

“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.”

Mr Thomas has blamed the Tory government stating that ‘this is happening on their watch after ten years in power.’

Gareth Thomas tweeted: “Food, drink, energy; now petrol… Prices going up, shortages, firms going bust. Ministers need to drop everything to sort out the supply chain crisis – this is happening on their watch after ten years in power and it needn’t have been like this”

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said the Government acknowledges that there are “issues facing many industries across the UK, and not just in terms of HGV drivers”.

“People should continue to shop for fuel as usual,” the spokesman added.