Ryedale will not benefit from a rural fuel discount, it has emerged.
Anne McIntosh, the MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, had led the campaign for pump prices to be reduced in remote parts of the district as part of the ground-breaking discount scheme.
But it emerged last week that the Government believes the area would be unlikely to qualify under the EU criteria and will not be put forward for the discount as a result.
Treasury secretary Danny Alexander has instead chosen 10 communities across the UK which it is believed will be approved by the European Commission, which has strict rules governing state aid.
One of those is the Hawes district of North Yorkshire.
Miss McIntosh said: “I understand that parts of North Yorkshire will be put forward to the European Commission for agreement that it meets the criteria under State Aid rules but disappointingly not Thirsk, Malton and Filey.”
“I urged local fuel stations to make the best case possible to meet the criteria in terms of distance from the pump to their customers and the price of fuel at the pump.”
“Clearly only where these criteria are met can the case be made to the EU Commission. It is nevertheless very disappointing given the high cost of petrol and diesel at the fuel pumps across Thirsk, Malton and Filey.”