THE LABOUR candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf has criticised MP Stephen Metcalfe for voting “against a freeze on bills for 39,491 households in South Basildon and East Thurrock”.
Thousands of households across South Basildon and East Thurrock were denied an energy bill freeze says Mr Le-Surf following a vote in the House of Commons.
Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, including Stephen Metcalfe joined forces to block Labour’s call to freeze energy bills until 2017, saving the average household £120.
Labour’s Candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf said: “Mr. Metcalfe had the chance to put the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock first and vote for a freeze on energy bills, but they refused. Instead of supporting a freeze on prices that would help over 39,000 households across our area struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, they have ignored the issue once again.
People will rightly ask why their Tory MP left them out in the cold and voted against Labour’s plans to help hardworking families struggling with soaring energy bills. By 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: “Yesterday’s 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 South Basildon and East Thurrock 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.”