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Diesel-using ministers 'hypocrites'

More than half of the cars used by UK government ministers are diesels, it has been revealed.

The discovery led to accusations of hypocrisy by industry figures who believe the government is pursuing an anti-diesel agenda.

Of the fleet of 84 ministerial vehicles, 49 are diesel-powered, according to a government response to a Freedom of Information request submitted by motoring magazine Car Dealer.

This includes 17 Jaguar XJ, eight Land Rover Discovery, six Ford Galaxy and two Jaguar F Pace models.

Six electric Nissan Leafs, 21 Ford Mondeo petrol hybrids and a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai also form part of the fleet.

Car Dealer founder James Baggott said: "When the government has waged a war on diesel car buyers, quite incorrectly so, it's staggering to learn that 58% of the fleet used by ministers -including the Chancellor, who has been leading the battle - are still diesel-powered."

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