Tories would keep energy prices low for 20 years
Energy prices need to remain low "not for 20 months, but for 20 years", David Cameron has said as he dismissed Ed Miliband's plan to freeze gas and electricity bills.
The Labour leader took the political initiative this week by promising to cap bills for 20 months after the 2015 general election if his party wins power, saving the typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
But in his first public comment on the proposal, the Prime Minister suggested the freeze was unworkable and pointed to the prospects offered by controversial gas "fracking" to bring down bills in the long-term.
Mr Cameron told regional newspaper journalists: "What we need in our country is low and competitive energy prices – not for 20 months, but for 20 years. We need to do the things that create a competitive energy market.
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"We need to access the new technologies like unconventional gas that will help keep prices down, rather than policies thought up that then so swiftly unravel." He added: "There's always more to do. But his proposal just wasn't thought through."