Labour campaigners were out in Winchester High Street on Saturday afternoon with local Labour Councillors Janet Berry and Chris Pines asking local people to sign Labour’s petition calling for a freeze on gas and electricity bills. They were joined by Anneliese Dodds, Labour’s lead candidate in next year’s European Elections.
Local Party Secretary, Patrick Davies, who was Labour’s candidate at the last General Election, welcomed Ed Miliband’s pledge that Labour will freeze energy bills until the start of 2017. “This is in stark contrast to the pathetic attempts by the Lib Dems and the Tories in the present government who seem helpless to deal with the problem”.
Anneliese pointed out that energy bills were going up by £120 this winter alone, “never mind the £300 that bills have gone up by since the government got into power. Labour’s price freeze would save money for households and businesses and our plans to reset the energy market would stop these companies from overcharging people in the future,” she said.
Janet explained how she was told at the last Council meeting that a freeze now on gas and electricity prices would save the Council more than £106,000, which could otherwise be spent on local services.
Hundreds of local people signed Labour’s national petition during the afternoon.