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Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on EDF’s decision to cut its gas price by 1.3 per cent with effect from 11 February, said:

“Given wholesale gas prices have fallen by at least 20 per cent, a measly price cut of just 1.3 per cent is yet more evidence of why we need a tough new regulator with the power to ensure that energy companies pass on the full savings from falls in wholesale costs to all consumers, as Labour has proposed.

“The next Labour government is committed to making big changes in our energy market: freezing energy prices until 2017 so that bills can fall but not rise, reforming the energy market and creating a tough new regulator with the teeth to protect consumers.”

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Comment on EDF's decision to cut its gas price by 1.3 per cent - Caroline Flint

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on EDF’s decision to cut its gas price by 1.3 per cent with effect from 11 February, said: “Given...

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Government’s u-turn and decision to accept Labour’s amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to introduce new protections before fracking can go ahead, said:

“This is a huge u-turn by the Government and big victory for the protection of Britain’s environment. Labour has always said that shale gas extraction cannot go ahead unless there is a system of robust regulation and comprehensive inspection, but David Cameron has repeatedly ignored people’s genuine and legitimate environmental concerns over shale gas. Now, thanks to Labour’s amendment, the Government has been forced to accept that tough protections and proper safeguards must be in place before fracking can go ahead.

“While eight out of 10 homes still rely on gas for heating, shale gas may have a role to play in displacing some of the gas we currently import and improving our energy security. But that potential benefit cannot come at the expense of robust environmental protections or our climate change commitments.”

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This is a huge u-turn by the Government and big victory for the protection of Britain’s environment - Flint

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Government’s u-turn and decision to accept Labour’s amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to introduce new protections before...

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on SSE’s decision to cut its gas price by 4.1 per cent with effect from 30 April 2015, said:

"This latest price cut shows that Ed Miliband was right to challenge the energy companies to pass on the falls in wholesale costs to consumers. It also shows that you can freeze prices to stop them rising and still cut them when wholesale costs fall.  But with wholesale gas prices down by over 20 per cent, a price cut of just 4. 1 per cent, delayed for over three months, is hardly a good deal for consumers.

"The next Labour government is committed to making big changes in our energy market: freezing energy prices until 2017 so that bills can fall but not rise, and giving the regulator the power to force energy companies to cut their prices and pass on the full savings from wholesale cost falls to all consumers.”

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Caroline Flint comment on SSE’s decision to cut its gas price by 4.1 per cent with effect from 30 April 2015

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on SSE’s decision to cut its gas price by 4.1 per cent with effect from 30 April 2015, said:...

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