Wednesday, 17 October 2012
FOLLOWING PRESSURE FROM LABOUR CAN PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO LOWER ENERGY BILLS?
ENERGY companies could be made to give the lowest tariff to their customers after my question at today’s PMQs forced the Prime Minister to commit to finally acting on his pledge to reduce bills.
I used today’s Prime Minister Questions in Westminster to highlight the fact that the Tory-led Government had failed to deliver on a promise made at last year’s energy summit. David Cameron had pledged to help people struggling to pay for their energy bills but hadn’t done anything about it.
Now Mr Cameron, clearly put on the back foot by the question, has been forced to commit to supporting a Labour policy to ensure customers are given a fairer deal when it comes to paying their energy bills.
I guess he must have thought he’d got away with making yet another empty promise, and I don’t think he was expecting to be challenged on this issue today.
But this is exactly the outcome we wanted. It is still two-and-a-half years until the next General Election and yet Labour is already shaping policy in opposition by holding the Prime Minister to account.
Now, thanks to pressure from Labour, customers could be in line to get lower prices. We are determined to force this issue to its conclusion, but Cameron is already trying to wriggle out of the commitment he gave less than 12 hours ago.