Caroline Flint, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited a Bedford family to discuss their concerns about the cost of living and to explain Labour's reforms to energy policy.
At a lively house meeting, Ms Flint and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate Patrick Hall heard how rising energy prices hit people's personal finances.
They discussed how to make it easier to switch energy companies, particularly those who don't have internet access or are not tech-savy.
Caroline Flint reflected on the event, 'We had a great conversation with residents about issues facing voters in the election. Energy bills are at the top of many people's concerns in Bedford and Kempston'.
Flint pointed out that under David Cameron, the cost of living has risen £300 per year on average.
To tackle this, Labour is taking bold action, including freezing energy prices until 2016 and reforming the energy market so that it works for bill payers. This includes giving the regulator the power to cut bills this winter.
Patrick Hall agreed that action was needed. He explained, 'Time and time again people tell me how little they are feeling the so-called recovery that the Tories keep trumpeting'.