Ed Miliband reveals energy switch to small supplier

Ed Miliband has switched his energy supplier from E.ON to First Utility after being hit by a bill for £1,000. The Labour leader told the Mail on Sunday he switched […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Ed Miliband has switched his energy supplier from E.ON to First Utility after being hit by a bill for £1,000.

The Labour leader told the Mail on Sunday he switched to one of the “minnows” fighting to compete with the Big Six providers.

When asked how much he expected to save with the switch, the Labour leader said: “We don’t know yet. We had a huge big bill for last winter – as much as a thousand pounds.”

First Utility set its own price freeze this winter until March next year just as Mr Miliband pledged to cap energy prices for 20 months if his party comes to power.

But the smaller supplier’s Chief Executive Ian McCaig said Mr Miliband’s price freeze was impractical for small suppliers. “Bluntly, it could put me under”, he said.

Prime Minister David Cameron branded Mr Miliband’s freeze “the politics of the conman” in the House of Commons last week following Sir John Major’s call to impose a windfall tax on UK energy firms.

The Labour leader said Mr Cameron has gone from being the “Prime Minister for the centre ground to the Prime Minister for Centrica”.

He added: “The Tories want to rerun the 1992 election but now they can’t. What John Major was saying is that Cameron has lost touch with millions of people who voted Tory in 1992 whom I call ‘Major’s millions’. And we are the people who are talking about the issues that really matter.”