Labour leader hosts ‘energy summit’ in Mexborough

Ed Miliband, Labour leader, pictured with constituent Betty Hudson at Mexborough Resource Centre. Picture: Marie Caley S1003MC
Ed Miliband, Labour leader, pictured with constituent Betty Hudson at Mexborough Resource Centre. Picture: Marie Caley S1003MC

Labour leader Ed Miliband hit the road to gather public support for his campaign to tackle energy giants over rising household bills.

The Doncaster North MP hosted an ‘energy summit’ at Mexborough Resource Centre to speak to people who have been affected by increased electricity and gas bills.

Mr Miliband reiterated to residents his pledge to freeze bills for every home and business for 20 months if Labour wins the 2015 election.

He said: “I know how people in Doncaster are struggling with the rising cost of living. Many people I speak to are worried about their energy bills, and are having to make a choice between heating their homes or buying food.

“It was useful to meet people here in Doncaster and listen to their experiences of dealing with the energy companies, and the situations they are facing.”

Residents were also told how energy bills for families have risen by almost £300 since David Cameron became Prime Minister.

Labour says their plans will save average households £120 and businesses £1,800 - but cost the energy giants £4.5 billion.

There would also be tougher regulation of energy prices.

Mr Miliband said: “Labour is setting out our plan to make sure gas and electricity is affordable and available for this generation and generations to come.

“That would include plans to improve competition in the market, establish a new energy security board to deliver the capacity we need and create a tough new regulator to prevent overcharging.

“We will stop people being ripped off and, together, we will power Britain into the next century.”

Energy companies have blamed rising wholesale costs for their price hike.

Bosses have also criticised Labour’s policy, claiming it could lead to power shortages and jeopardise investment and jobs.