Ed Miliband switched energy supplier after getting £1,000 bill
The Labour leader made the move to a smaller gas and electricity supplier after receiving a large energy bill
Ed Miliband explained that last winter he switched from E.ON, one of the big six energy suppliers, to First Utility, the largest independent energy supplier in the UK.
He added that his wife had made the decision to switch and he did not know how much money the household had saved.
Energy bills are currently at the forefront of Labour’s campaign in the run up to the 2015 general election. Miliband has proposed freezing energy bills for 20 months should he be voted into office.
The proposition has been given a mixed reception, with many welcoming the initiative and others calling the proposition unworkable.
Prime Minister David Cameron recently described the price freeze proposal as “the politics of the conman”.
‘He’s a prime minister for Centrica’
Miliband retorted and told the Mail on Sunday: “It’s a sure sign that someone is losing the argument when they lose their cool.
“He has gone from saying it wasn’t a problem to telling people to wear jumpers. For goodness’ sake, it’s an insult. It’s Edwina Currie-esque.
“He used to say he was a prime minister for the centre ground, now he’s a prime minister for Centrica. He’s not willing to stand up to the big energy firms.”
Brits against green energy subsidies on bills
A poll carried out in the Mail on Sunday found that 60% of consumers oppose green levies on energy bills. Green subsidies were one of the causes singled out by energy companies for the recent gas and electricity price rises.
Close to three-quarters of those surveyed said energy prices would influence their voting in the next election. Forty per cent said they supported Cameron’s approach to the energy market and 33% Miliband’s 20 month price freeze.
When it comes to pinning the blame for rising energy prices, 59% said the fault lay with energy companies, 15% blamed the previous labour government and 15% blamed the coalition government.