Caroline Flint joined David Ellesmere and the Labour Team on the Maidenhall estate this afternoon, meeting many local residents on the doorstep, and helped David highlight Labour's pledge to bring down gas and electricity prices and reform the energy market.
The energy market just isn't working for families and businesses in Britain. Energy bills have risen by almost £300 since David Cameron became Prime Minister, and businesses say energy is the biggest cost they face. When wholesale energy prices go up, bills go up fast, but when they fall, bills stay high.
One of the reasons for this is that the Big Six energy firms are operating in a broken market. They generate the electricity, they sell it to themselves and then they sell it to consumers. Meanwhile, Ofgem, the regulator that's supposed to be responsible for putting things right has failed to stand up for consumers.
We need change but David Cameron has shown he will not stand up to the Big Six energy firms. He has stood by while bills have soared.
Since 2010, energy bills in Britain have risen twice as fast as inflation, four times faster than wages and faster than in almost any other country in the developed world. Families and businesses can't afford another five years of this.
Labour will act to get gas and electricity bills down and fix the broken energy market.