Chancellor Rishi Sunak told Conservative party members that future tax cuts were conditional on repairing the UK's public finances after Covid. In his first conference speech as chancellor, he said he wanted lower taxes - but funding the pandemic recovery "comes with a cost". Vowing that "we need to fix our public finances", he said allowing borrowing to rise further would be "immoral". The comments came three weeks before his autumn Budget on 27 October. He also told party delegates that leaving the EU was in the UK's long-term interests, despite current disruption to fuel and food supplies. The on-going shortage of fuel appears to be hitting London and the south east worst. One in five forecourts in these two areas were still without fuel, the body that represents independent fuel sellers said. The Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) said there had been a "marked improvement" across the rest of the UK thanks to "steady deliveries". But conditions in the South East were "still challenging", the PRA said. The improvement in supplies led to forecourt firm EG Group to remove its £30 cap on buying fuel at its sites. It said purchases were returning to normal levels in the majority of places, apart from the south of England. Finally, social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were hit by an outage lasting several hours. All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or smartphone apps. Downdetector, which tracks outages, logged tens of thousands of outage reports for all three platforms from around the world. Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer tweeted his "sincere apologies" to those affected. "We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible," he wrote. My advice - don't use social media!