Miliband seizes on solar dissent to attack Cameron

Ed Miliband has seized on the latest round of protests from the solar industry over energy policy to attack the Prime Minister as “out of touch”. Dissent in the solar […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Ed Miliband has seized on the latest round of protests from the solar industry over energy policy to attack the Prime Minister as “out of touch”.

Dissent in the solar industry is on the rise with firms criticising the Government’s recent plans to cut the feed-in-tariff (FiTs) subsidy for solar power. Today backers of the Cut Don’t Kill campaign marched on Westminster to lobby their MPs about the change.

The Leader of the Opposition said on a visit to solar power firm Solarcentury with Caroline Flint, the Shadow Energy Secretary yesterday, that “this productive job-creating and wealth-creating business is being strangled at birth.”

He added: “David Cameron’s decision to cut the feed-in tariff scheme shows the claims he made during his husky-hugging phase were about nothing more than re-branding the Conservative Party.”

Mr Miliband’s party is tabling an Opposition Day motion in the House of Commons tomorrow (Wednesday) to save the FiTs scheme.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and Energy Minister Greg Barker are expected to attend the debate, according to DECC.

Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly said that he wants his Government to be known as the “greenest Government ever”.