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Sunak and Starmer clash over energy bills and net zero

Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer debated net zero targets and energy bills, with Sunak defending his adjusted government policies and Starmer highlighting the benefits of renewable energy

Viewers across the UK watched Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer debate on ITV last night.

Focusing on policies regarding net zero and energy security, Mr Sunak defended his decision to adjust these policies, emphasising that targets would still be met, household costs would be reduced and energy security maintained.

Sir Keir Starmer highlighted the opportunities in the renewable energy sector, pointing out that it could result in lower energy bills, greater energy security and job creation.

Mr Starmer reiterated the launch of a publicly owned energy company and pledged to achieve clean power by 2030, despite scaling back initial investment plans.

Discussing climate change, Rishi Sunak stressed the importance of global cooperation and reiterated the UK’s commitment to net zero.

He justified his policy decisions as essential for the country’s energy security.

Sir Keir Starmer countered, focusing on the advantages of transitioning to renewable energy.

Mr Starmer argued this shift would reduce energy costs, provide job opportunities and ensure the UK’s energy security.

The debate also covered the topic of rising energy bills.

Sir Keir noted that energy costs are expected to increase in the autumn, with analysts predicting an October rise in the energy price cap to £1,762 annually for an average household.

Despite this forecast, the current price cap is at its lowest since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Sir Keir Starmer questioned the timing of the upcoming 4th July election, suggesting Mr Sunak scheduled it now due to anticipated economic challenges and rising energy prices later in the year.

Mr Sunak responded, noting that Sir Keir Starmer has been advocating for a general election since he became prime minister nearly two years ago.

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