Eric Ollerenshaw, Tory MP voted against a freeze on bills for 34,227 households in Lancaster and Fleetwood
Thousands of households across Lancaster and Fleetwood were denied an energy bill freeze following a vote in the House of Commons. Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, including Tory MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, joined forces to block Labour’s call to freeze energy bills until 2017, saving the average household £120.
Labour’s Candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Cat Smith said:
“Last week, Eric Ollerenshaw had the chance to put the people of Lancaster and Fleetwood first and vote for a freeze on energy bills, but he refused. Instead of supporting a freeze on prices that would help 34,227 households across our area struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, the Tories have ignored the issue once again.
“Hardworking people across Lancaster and Fleetwood will rightly ask why Eric Ollerenshaw MP left them out in the cold and voted against Labour’s plans to help hardworking families struggling with soaring energy bills. In voting against David Cameron’s Tories have proved again that they only stand up for a privileged few.”
Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said:
"The vote in Parliament showed once again that the Government is determined to kick the problem of rip-off energy bills into the long grass.
“As the recent price freeze announcement from SSE showed, energy companies are now bringing forward precisely those reforms first proposed by Labour, and which the Government claimed was impossible. But Tories and Lib Dems from across the country, including here in Lancaster and Fleetwood, refused to support a nationwide price freeze last night.
“A Labour Government will freeze your gas and electricity bills until 2017, and reform our broken energy market. Our plans will break up the big energy companies, put an end to their secret deals and make tariffs simpler and fairer. And until these reforms kick in, we will put a stop to unfair price rises by freezing energy bills until 2017, saving the average household £120."