Help me freeze your energy billsPosted: September 27, 2013
I’m asking local people to sign my petition and support a freeze on gas and electricity prices.
One of my election pledges is to campaign to force energy companies to cut fuel bills.
This is why I am very supportive of Ed Miliband’s brilliant pledge to freeze energy bills until 2017 if Labour win the next election. This will save the average family in Corby and East Northamptonshire £120 a year and the average local business £1,800.
People who I meet when out and about tell me times are tough. Monthly bills are going up and people are working harder to make ends meet. That amounts to a cost of living crisis for people in Corby and East Northamptonshire – and across the country.
The weather has been great this summer. But as the nights draw in and winter approaches people have been telling me they are worried about how cold it will get and the choices they will have to make to pay their energy bills. I don’t think this is right. People shouldn’t have to make the choice between putting food on the table and turning on the heating.
But since David Cameron has been in Downing Street prices have risen faster than wages in 38 out of 39 months and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. When the price of energy increases energy companies pass this on but when it drops consumers don’t see their bills fall.
The problem is David Cameron can’t deal with the cost of living crisis because he stands up for a privileged few, not for ordinary families. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else.
So I’m delighted that Ed Miliband has said that Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. And he says we will break up the big energy companies so that we can all get a fair deal.
But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now.
And I’m asking local people to sign my petition today so that the voices of Corby and East Northamptonshire are heard loud and clear in Downing Street.