Caroline Flint MP and Mike Kane meet pensioners struggling with the cost of energy

Messenger Newspapers: Mike Kane and Caroline Flint (third and fourth from left) meet with residents June Birds, Dee Amesbury and Ted Amesbury Mike Kane and Caroline Flint (third and fourth from left) meet with residents June Birds, Dee Amesbury and Ted Amesbury

LABOUR’S Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, met pensioners in Woodhouse Park to discuss how they have been hit by soaring gas and electricity bills.

She was joined by Mike Kane, Labour’s candidate in the Wythenshawe and Sale East seat.

Ms Flint said: “I met some fantastic residents in Wythenshawe and heard some tough stories of how elderly people are really struggling to pay for the rising cost of gas and electricity bills.

“So the next Labour Government will offer them some real help. We will undertake the biggest overhaul of our energy market since privatisation. 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.”

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6:00pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Ian in Surrey says...

During the last Labour government electricity prices rose by enormous 69% & gas prices rose by a staggering 133%.

Ed Miliband was responsible for Green taxes which have pushed up the energy prices so it seems rather late & hypocritical to talk to anybody about the problems it causes them with their cost of living.

Even more stupid to say Labour would freeze energy prices when the cost of energy is an international market.

Add to that, Labour have admitted that mass immigration was for political purposes & to keep wages down. Hardly defenders of working class people anymore. I for one will never vote Labour again.
During the last Labour government electricity prices rose by enormous 69% & gas prices rose by a staggering 133%. Ed Miliband was responsible for Green taxes which have pushed up the energy prices so it seems rather late & hypocritical to talk to anybody about the problems it causes them with their cost of living. Even more stupid to say Labour would freeze energy prices when the cost of energy is an international market. Add to that, Labour have admitted that mass immigration was for political purposes & to keep wages down. Hardly defenders of working class people anymore. I for one will never vote Labour again. Ian in Surrey
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2:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Ian in Surrey says...

Under the last Labour gov electricity prices rose by 69% & gas prices by 133%

Labour can't control an international market
Under the last Labour gov electricity prices rose by 69% & gas prices by 133% Labour can't control an international market Ian in Surrey
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4:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

If a market cannot be controlled, then don't make it a market. Nationalisation is step one. Step two, reduce prices to ensure all can heat their homes. Step three, invest remaining profits in new technologies - wave, wind, solar and dare I say it...nuclear.

No more adverts to pay for, fewer CEOs and boards on six and seven figure salaries. We can reduce costs all over by bringing these energy monsters under control. We can do it, but not by voting Tory, Lib Dem or Labour. Vote as far to the left as you can to bring genuine change for the British working people.
If a market cannot be controlled, then don't make it a market. Nationalisation is step one. Step two, reduce prices to ensure all can heat their homes. Step three, invest remaining profits in new technologies - wave, wind, solar and dare I say it...nuclear. No more adverts to pay for, fewer CEOs and boards on six and seven figure salaries. We can reduce costs all over by bringing these energy monsters under control. We can do it, but not by voting Tory, Lib Dem or Labour. Vote as far to the left as you can to bring genuine change for the British working people. MouseHouse
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