Labour MP for Doncaster North. Husband to Justine, dad to Daniel and Sam. Former radio 2 DJ (for a week)
Today is #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay Every home should be warm and safe but for so many UK households the reality is that their situation is getting much worse. Thread:
What can we do about it? First, Government must take urgent action to support those struggling to pay bills. Labour has called for VAT to be cut on energy bills to help every household this winter.
1. Nine days after Storm Arwen, thousands are still without power. This is a completely unacceptable situation. It’s yet another failure of our energy system
What incompetence. What failure of governance. Boris Johnson can't blame Theresa May, he can't blame John Major, he can't blame judges, he can't blame civil servants, he can't sack the Cabinet Secretary again. There's only one person responsible - him. Me in the Commons today:
So now we discover this 'FDR' speech cuts money for affordable housing---£12bn over 5 years in Budget 2020, now £12bn over 8 years. What an absolute fraud.
Kwasi Kwarteng was personally warned 18 months ago about systemic risk to energy suppliers and the possible need for government action to stabilise the market. He did not prepare, he was complacent, and now we are facing the consequences.
Workers in manufacturing and construction who are being told they should go back to work tomorrow need to know that they will be safe. Yet tonight the Government has still not published the official guidance to assure those workers of their safety.
The PM didn’t say workplace changes applied from Wednesday. He said “And the first step is a change of emphasis that we hope that people will act on this week.” Wednesday was only mentioned in relation to other changes. Words matter. Clarity is essential. This is shambolic.