Miliband says SNP ‘won’t challenge’ energy firms

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LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron and Alex Salmond of being part of “a new Big Eight” by siding the energy giants.

Speaking in Edinburgh, he launched a scathing attack on the Tories and the SNP for failing to back Labour’s proposals for an energy price freeze in a Commons vote.

Ed Miliband at Standard Life in Edinburgh. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Ed Miliband at Standard Life in Edinburgh. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Mr Miliband said: “David Cameron has cut the amount he spends on his own energy bills while refusing a freeze for everyone else. He will save almost £400 a year on his Downing Street bill for energy utilities thanks to his own millionaires’ tax cut.

“And the SNP? They went into hiding. All their MPs were strangely absent, unwilling to stand up against the energy companies.

“The Prime Minister, the First Minister and the Big Six energy companies making a new Big Eight squeezing the living standards of the Scottish people.”

Mr Miliband said Scotland faced “high-stakes choices” over the next 18 months with the independence referendum and the general election.

He said: “The SNP is seeking to separate Scotland from its chared history, its shared culture, its shared future with the rest of the UK.

“The Conservatives seeking to separate rich from ppor, those in work fron those out of work, those in the public sector from those in the private sector,

“Instead, let’s build a future where we work together to overcome the challenges we face.”