Labour have released an audio trailer which reveals the big announcement of Ed Miliband’s conference speech — energy prices will be frozen to 2017 under Labour plans:
‘How do you feel when you see your energy bill sitting at the front door? And you know its going to be even higher than the last one? And how do you feel when you read in the newspaper that your energy providers profits are up? Yet again.
‘Millions of ordinary families are struggling to keep up with bills. Bills that are rising faster than wages. Since David Cameron became Prime Minister, he’s allowed gas and electricity bills to rise by an average of £300 a year. And sat by as energy companies make record profits. Under this government a privileged few come before hard working families. Ed Miliband and Labour are going to change that.
‘Ed Miliband’s energy plan will mean a tough new regulator with the power to challenge the companies and keep prices plan. Under Ed’s energy plan, Gas and Electricity bills will be frozen. That’s right, frozen. Under the Tories, you’ve over paid. Labour will fight the cost of living crisis and build an economy that works for working people’
This isn’t an entirely new announcement. David Wooding revealed in the Sun on Sunday (£) that Miliband would be announcing action to tackle energy bills:
‘The Labour leader will go to war with gas and electric firms to stop rip-off price hikes. The crackdown will be overseen by a new watchdog if he gets to No10.
‘Mr Miliband is putting the cost of living at the heart of his big conference speech in Brighton. It comes as 12 million homes face a £100 rise in energy bills — just as the nation turns on the heating.
‘Labour is keeping details of the One Nation plan under wraps until Tuesday. But we can reveal it will ban suppliers from big price hikes while they’re making massive profits.’
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