'Utterly wiped out' Keir Starmer's solution to cut energy bills ripped apart

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Leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on voters to “send the Tories a message they cannot ignore” on the issue, as he says his party would cut people’s energy bills by up to £600 – funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas companies. But Mr Paterson said: “You have said previously the windfall tax plan would all but eliminate the energy price rise for low-income families, pensioners and middle-income families. That might be true now but it won’t be true later on this year when we see another set of price rises.”

Sir Keir told the Sky News Breakfast show: “It is a one-off tax. It is a windfall tax but it would deal with the immediate crisis and people waking up today are asking the question, it there a plan on the table to deal with the problem right now which is a rise in energy costs.

“They’re seeing nothing from the Government.

“The Government are saying you can have a loan starting in October of about £200 so a six-month wait.”

Mr Paterson interjected: “I get that, my point is simply this.

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“The windfall tax that you’re proposing will give a break of a few hundred pounds right now which frankly will be utterly wiped out by the price rise we’re all expecting come October.”

The Labour leader continued: “There are two answers to that. There’s got to be a wider, long-term strategy and that’s why we set out our energy strategy last week which included turbocharging renewables, fast-forwarding on nuclear power but importantly and significantly, a project to insulate homes and make them warmer.”

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