Miliband: We’ll force Commons to vote on energy price freeze

Labour leader Ed Miliband will today promise to force the House of Commons to vote on an energy price freeze in another sign energy bills are at the heart of his election campaign. He is also set to lump Prime Minister David Cameron in with the country’s largest energy companies, derisively calling them the “Big […]

341 MPs claim £200,000 for energy expenses

An MP who counts his work on the Energy Bill Committee among his parliamentary achievements has topped a list of MPs claiming expenses on their energy bills, according to reports. Nadhim Zahawi’s website boasts about his work on legislation to improve the “provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses”, yet he appears to […]

Ed Miliband reveals energy switch to small supplier

Ed Miliband has switched his energy supplier from E.ON to First Utility after being hit by a bill for £1,000. The Labour leader told the Mail on Sunday he switched to one of the “minnows” fighting to compete with the Big Six providers. When asked how much he expected to save with the switch, the […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Well, this is clearly war…

So following my last blog, where I pounded Ed “The Freezer” Miliband for his frightening lack of understanding, how about the other Ed? Oh my, Mr Davey. In some ways our Energy Secretary is in a tricky spot. The problem for energy prices here involves the Electricity Market Reform proposals and the price premium associated with some […]

Nick Clegg: Cutting green taxes would be an 'own goal'

David Cameron’s pledge to strip green taxes from energy bills would be an “own goal” which could cost jobs and reduce support for poor households, Nick Clegg warned. Yesterday the Prime Minister announced a review of competition within the energy market and signalled he wanted to “get to grips” with green charges which suppliers have […]

Cameron pledges to “roll back” green regulation

In a raucous exchange at the House of Commons today Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to “roll back” green regulation. When the issue of rising energy bills came up during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron declared to hoots and jeers: “We need to roll back some of the green regulations and charges. We all know […]

Sir John Major calls for tax on energy profits

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has called for George Osborne to impose a windfall tax on UK energy firms. Speaking at a Parliamentary Press Gallery lunch today, he said the recent price rises – announced by SSE, British Gas and npower so far – were “unacceptable” and many would have to choose between heating […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – Ed “the Freezer” Miliband

Freezing energy prices, what an original idea in a “free market” situation?!? I shudder at the demonstrable lack of understanding which a former Energy Secretary has of the dynamics of the energy market and its impact on those on low incomes who will, if they believe anything politicians say, have slightly raised expectations based on […]

Ed Miliband slams SSE's energy price rise

Ed Miliband seized on SSE’s energy price rise today as evidence of “the need to freeze energy bills”. The Labour party leader made the comment in a tweet following the Big Six firm’s decision to raise household gas and electricity tariffs by an average of 8.2% from mid-November. Mr Miliband pledged to freeze energy prices at his party’s […]

Cameron and Miliband trade blows over energy price freeze

David Cameron and Ed Miliband traded blows in the Commons today over the Labour leader’s price freeze promise, as energy policy took centre stage in the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the party conferences. Mr Miliband has promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if Labour come to power in 2015. The Prime Minister […]