Miliband eyes energy lobbyists

Labour leader Ed Miliband has set his sights on energy companies’ lobbyists and what he suggests is too much influence over government policy. In the House of Commons today the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Labour leader Ed Miliband has set his sights on energy companies’ lobbyists and what he suggests is too much influence over government policy.

In the House of Commons today the Opposition will reportedly put forward amendments to the Lobbying Bill which would demand all lobbyists join a register including those working in-house at the Government who are employed by energy firms.

The comments mark another assault on the nation’s largest energy companies after Mr Miliband’s promise of a “price freeze” in a speech at his party conference in September.

In a newspaper interview yesterday, he said: “The Government’s Lobbying Bill will not capture the the big energy lobbyists, who will continue to escape scrutiny.

“We will bring in a universal register of all professional lobbyists, along with a code of conduct backed by sanctions,” he told i.