In a raucous exchange at the House of Commons today Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to “roll back” green regulation.
When the issue of rising energy bills came up during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron declared to hoots and jeers: “We need to roll back some of the green regulations and charges. We all know who put them in place.”
In response Labour leader Ed Miliband criticised the Prime Minister for “changing his policy every day of the week!”
During the heated debate, Mr Cameron twice described the Opposition leader as a “conman” for touting an energy bill freeze.
On the second occasion, Speaker John Bercow slapped Cameron’s wrist for using the term: “I let it go the first time but the word conman is frankly unparliamentary.”
The whole affair was dismissed by rogue Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, a fierce proponent of green energy, who tweeted: “In 2010, leaders fought to prove they were the greenest. 3 yrs on they’re blaming their own policies on the other. Muppets”.
It remains unclear which green taxes are in the Prime Minister’s line of fire.
A Downing Street spokesperson told ELN: “This is similar to what we’ve been saying, that green levies shouldn’t be in place for a minute longer than they need to be. There are no specifics at the moment but we’re sure plans will be set out a bit further down the line.”
Tory MP Grant Shapps has suggested a review of green levies could come in the Treasury’s Autumn Statement on 4 December.