David Cameron: My 'heart goes out' to woman burnt in petrol accident
Friday 30 March 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron said today his heart went out to the woman who was burnt while transferring petrol between canisters in her kitchen.
Speaking at 10 Downing Street shortly after he chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency contingencies committee, Mr Cameron welcomed the decision by the Unite union not to call strikes of petrol tanker drivers before Easter.
He called on the union to engage constructively in talks at conciliation service Acas on Monday and urged it to withdraw the threat of strike action.
The Prime Minister said: "It is now clear there will not be a strike before Easter, and I'm sure the whole country will welcome that news.
"It is vitally important the trade union in question enters these talks on Monday constructively. The most constructive thing they could do would be to call off the strike entirely.
"That would ease pressure in the system still further. The Government will continue with its contingency plans.
"It is absolutely vital we take the necessary steps to keep the country safe in case there is a strike.
"I can tell people the fuel companies are working flat-out to resupply petrol stations.
"It is frustrating, I know, when petrol stations have queues. Everything that can be done is being done, but it will take some time."
Asked about the incident in York, he said: "This was absolutely a desperate incident and a terrible thing that has happened to this woman. My heart goes out to her and her family. Everything that can be done is being done to help her at this time."
- 1 Green village to be bulldozed and mined for lignite in Germany's quest for non-nuclear fuel
- 2 HeForShe campaign: Iceland to follow up Emma Watson speech with UN women's rights conference – for men only
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
- 5 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
Isis could become 'world’s first truly terrorist state' and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns
Car tax disc changes: Five facts you never knew about your (almost obsolete) tax disc
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
The Aral Sea: Nasa pictures show how what was once the fourth largest lake in the world has become almost completely dry
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
£35000 - £45000 per annum + CPD, Negotiable Salary, Live in Role! : Randstad E...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Room leaderI am currently l...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse requiredI am ...
£50 - £60 per day + plus Travel Scheme: Randstad Education Cardiff: The Job: O...