Labour’s Energy bill freeze for Bedford & Kempston blocked by Tories / Lib Dems
Richard Fuller MP this week voted against a freeze on bills for 41, 060 households in Bedford & Kempston.
Thousands of households across Bedford & Kempston were this week denied an energy bill freeze following a vote in the House of Commons. Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, including Richard Fuller MP for Bedford & Kempston, joined forces to block Labour’s call to freeze energy bills until 2017, saving the average household £120.
Labour’s Candidate for Bedford & Kempston, Patrick Hall, said:
“This week, Richard Fuller had the chance to put the people of Bedford & Kempston first and vote for a freeze on energy bills, but he refused. Instead of supporting a freeze on prices that would help 41,060 households across our area struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, he has ignored the issue once again.
“Hardworking people across Bedford & Kempston will rightly ask why Richard Fuller left them out in the cold and voted against Labour’s plans to help hardworking families struggling with soaring energy bills. In voting against David Cameron’s Tories have proved again that they only stand up for a privileged few.”
Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said:
"This vote in Parliament showed once again that the Government is determined to kick the problem of rip-off energy bills into the long grass.
“As the recent price freeze announcement from SSE showed, energy companies are now bringing forward precisely those reforms first proposed by Labour, and which the Government claimed was impossible. But Tories and Lib Dems from across the country, including here in Bedford & Kempston refused to support a nationwide price freeze last night.
“A Labour Government will freeze your gas and electricity bills until 2017, and reform our broken energy market. Our plans will break up the big energy companies, put an end to their secret deals and make tariffs simpler and fairer. And until these reforms kick in, we will put a stop to unfair price rises by freezing energy bills until 2017, saving the average household £120."
Tristram Hunt MP, Patrick Hall, Penny Fletcher and local Labour Party activists campaigning to freeze energy bills in Bedford & Kempston