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Cameron 'losing control' on energy
Labour leader Ed Miliband will accuse David Cameron today of "losing control" of his government over energy policy.
The Prime Minister announced a review of competition within the energy market yesterday and signalled he wanted to "get to grips" with green regulations which were driving up energy bills.
But the move, which came just 24 hours after former prime minster Sir John Major called for the Government to hit energy firms with a windfall tax, was branded a "panicky U-turn" by the Liberal Democrats.
They claimed the Conservative side of the coalition had not brought forward any "properly worked-up policies" and accused the Prime Minister of "making policy up on the hoof".
Mr Miliband will claim today that the PM is letting the "Big Six" energy suppliers off the hook by not forcing them to freeze bills while the energy market is reset.
Addressing an audience of small businesses in central London he will say: "Yesterday was the day David Cameron lost control of his government.
"In weakness and panic, he made up a policy on energy which means business as usual for the energy companies and which is already falling apart.
"There is no solution to the cost of living crisis which tiptoes around taking on the energy companies and reforming a broken market.
"But this Prime Minister is too weak to stand up for the consumer and he always takes the side of the Big Six companies.
" There are 27 million families and 2.4 million businesses which would benefit from Labour's price freeze.
"Sir John Major recognises that the job of government is to reform markets when they are failing and to protect people.
"This Prime Minister does not. It will take a Labour government to make the right decisions on behalf of the British people."
Downing Street said the proposal had been discussed over the course of weeks with Liberal Democrat ministers and would be set out in detail in Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement on December 4.
Lib Dems sources said Mr Cameron had "gone further" yesterday than had been agreed but suggested the two parties would thrash out a policy that was acceptable to both sides.
Mr Cameron insisted last night he had raised the ideas with his coalition partners and he was still committed to the environment.
He said: "Yes we should also look at rolling back the cost of some of these taxes, tariffs, charges that have been put in place.
"They are responsible for around £112 of someone's bill today and if we are serious about getting energy prices down and helping families it's no good having some phoney freeze policy, as Labour do, which is something of a con, what you need is to actually look at what is causing bills to go up.
"So that is what we are doing, it is something we have discussed in the coalition over the last few weeks."
Officials announced that the annual review of competition in the energy sector will be conducted by regulator Ofgem, the Office of Fair Trading and the new Competition and Markets Authority. Details will be set out by Energy Secretary Ed Davey next week in his annual statement to the House of Commons.
The first review is expected to begin within weeks and report next year, and will look at issues ranging from prices and profit levels to barriers to new entrants in the market, as well as how companies engage with customers, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.
Speaking on ITV's Daybreak programme, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hit out at the Lib Dems' coalition partners and Labour over plans to deal with green levies and energy bills.
Mr Clegg said: "There are two rather extreme positions that I don't believe - one is the sort of con from Ed Miliband which is economically illiterate - if you did what he said, prices would go up, jobs would go down, investment would go down.
"There seems to be another indication from the Conservative Party all you need to do it turn your back on the environment and everything would be okay. That's not the case."
Mr Clegg said although he had yet to see eye-to-eye with Mr Cameron on the issue, the Government would agree on a position ahead of the autumn statement.
"We will work over the coming weeks, we will make an announcement about how we strike the right balance between keeping the lights on ... helping the very poor," he said.
"We can strike the right balance, we will look at measures for bringing the bills down."