Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband

Labour MP for Doncaster North. Husband to Justine, dad to Daniel and Sam. Former radio 2 DJ (for a week)

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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.

Second, we need a national mission to eliminate fuel poverty. A Labour government will deliver the largest homes upgrade programme in generations- warming homes and lowering bills.

It is a moral and social scandal that fuel poverty exists in modern Britain. But with national leadership, we can beat it - and give every person the warm, secure home they deserve. #WarmSafeHomes  

It is completely outrageous that thousands of people have been without power for over a week. People are being left in the most appalling circumstances and there has been an absence of government leadership. #StormArwen 

After storms in 2013, power companies and the government said lessons would be learned. But clearly not enough. We need an urgent investigation to understand what went wrong, and to ensure that our power systems are never again this vulnerable to extreme weather events.

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

2. The power networks have multiple questions to answer about the lack of resilience of our systems, the failure of communication and whether any lessons have been learned from the past.

3. The government has been far too slow to grip this and show the leadership required. They have not acted with the urgency that this emergency required and there are serious questions about whether they iearnt the lessons of the 2013 storms.

4. The people without power need to be given clear and accurate information about when they will be reconnected and lessons must this time be learnt from the failures we have seen.


What an absolutely ludicrous, incompetent, absurd, make it up as you go along, couldn’t run a piss up in a brewery bunch of jokers there are running the government at the most critical time in a generation for the country.

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 Internal Market Bill is indefensible. It breaks international law. It is wrong and self-defeating for our country. Tonight I urged MPs to oppose it.

The bailout of slave owners of £20m was 40% of total expenditure when it happened in 1833 and was only paid off in 2015. I didn’t learn about this bailout at school but when I did the podcast on it a year ago?. We need to teach our history in schools.

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.

COP26 cannot be a roll call of pre-packaged announcements; it must be a real negotiaton based on the science. Here are the key things we need to do to keep 1.5 alive. #Marr  #COP26