The Tory energy price cap pledge was a LIE – or at least Philip Hammond wants to make it one

A household ‘smart’ energy monitor [Image: Alamy].

Is anybody surprised?

It has emerged that Tory cabinet ministers have told Theresa May to scrap her campaign pledge to cap energy prices for millions of households – just about the only promise in the Tory manifesto that involved helping UK citizens rather than hurting them.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, have reportedly told Mrs May to use the election result as a chance to drop the plan and get back to their “free market roots”.

They can expect their personal poll ratings to plummet, then.

The policy was – as everyone knows – lifted from the Labour Party, who proposed an energy price cap as long ago as 2013.

Now it seems it may be dropped like the nasty little lie it seems to have been.

Labour, of course, has had something to say about it.

“If correct, this is potentially another stunning U-turn from a weak and wobbly Prime Minister,” said Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

“One in ten households are living in fuel poverty and customers are being overcharged a whopping £2 billion every year. Theresa May unequivocally guaranteed a price cap before the general election but now it appears she is preparing to row back on that promise. It now looks like this price cap was simply an election gimmick and that the Conservatives were never serious about taking action to keep energy bills down.

“Britain needs a serious and long term approach in order to bring energy costs down, not cheap gimmicks that may simply be thrown into the bin just a week after the General Election.”

She’s right; Philip Hammond and Sajid Javid are wrong. What do YOU think the Tories will do?

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4 thoughts on “The Tory energy price cap pledge was a LIE – or at least Philip Hammond wants to make it one

  1. PJB

    That is all the Tories ever do, more lies and promises.
    Just another con job to get the votes.

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    With the history of this weak and wobbly party which has made U turns on U turns on U turns in order to stay in power I leave it up to the electorate to decide whether they are happy to continue with it. I want to give the Labour party, under Jeremy Corbyn, a chance to improve the lives of the real people of this country; not those pretending to be!

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