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Storm Arwen (1 Dec 2021)

Ed Miliband: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. Let me first join him in sending my condolences to the victims who have tragically died during Storm Arwen and to their families. I express my sympathy to all those who have lost power and are suffering during this crisis. I know from my own constituency, where we had terrible flooding in 2019, the impacts of extreme weather and the traumatic...

Cop26: Outcome of COP26 (1 Dec 2021)

Ed Miliband: I want to commend the COP President, or should I say No Drama Sharma, for his efforts in Glasgow. He is right that we have to spend the next 12 months maximising the pressure on the big emitters, and we can make a difference with the UK-Australia trade deal. Australia’s 2030 target is consistent with 4° of warming. Will he tell the Secretary of State for International Trade to rewrite that...

Cop26: Outcome of COP26 (1 Dec 2021)

Ed Miliband: I know I am shadowing the Department that the right hon. Gentleman would quite like to run, so perhaps that announcement will be forthcoming in the future. I am mildly encouraged by what he says on Australia. Let me take two other issues where he can show leadership: the Cumbria coalmine, and the Cambo oilfield, which are the equivalent of 18 coal-fired power stations running for a year. He...

Bulb Energy: Administration (24 Nov 2021)

Ed Miliband: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy if he will make a statement on Bulb Energy entering administration.

Bulb Energy: Administration (24 Nov 2021)

Ed Miliband: It is right that the Secretary of State has been forced to come to the House: 18 companies have gone bust since he last came to the House in respect of this issue, in September, and reassured us that there was nothing to worry about. I have a series of questions. First, what is the Secretary of State’s estimate of the scale of costs the taxpayer faces as a result of the Bulb bail-out? That...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2021)

Ed Miliband: I join the Secretary of State in commending the COP26 President on the progress made at COP26, but we know much greater action is required, and it is the Secretary of State’s job to ensure that every part of our Government acts. There is an immediate test with the UK-Australia trade deal: yesterday, the Australian Government reaffirmed their 2030 target, which is consistent only with 4° of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2021)

Ed Miliband: The Secretary of State should not be defending the Australian Government’s 2030 target. It is he who said about the negotiations: “There may have been an issue about specifically putting the 1.5° on the face of the negotiating mandate.” It is time for the Government not only to talk tough, but to act tough, because we must put pressure on countries such as Australia. There is a clear...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: The right hon. Gentleman was asked a very direct question, as he said, by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms). The right hon. Gentleman acknowledged two weeks ago the very difficult situation of the energy-intensive industries and said that he had submitted a formal request to the Treasury. What has happened?

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: It is hard to follow that response from the Secretary of State; he said, “a general context in which…something, something.” Can he just answer the question: when are we going to know what help is available for energy-intensive industries, if any, and what kind of help is it going to be?

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: I will begin, if I may, by congratulating the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as it is the first time that we have faced each other across the Dispatch Box since the birth of his new baby. Many congratulations to him. If he needs some representation to make sure that he gets his paternity leave, I am available to help. I will begin this debate on a point of...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: My hon. Friend is completely right and I will come to that point in a moment. The Government will no doubt have all kinds of excuses, but this is a sin of commission, not just omission, in the sense that the Government are actually doing things to make the problem worse. The problem is that the Chancellor could not bring himself to admit any of this yesterday. Here is the issue: it is not...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: It is certainly not those with the broadest shoulders who are being affected, and I thought the reason that the Government raised taxes was for social care. It is yet another guarantee from the Prime Minister that is not worth the paper that it is written on. The IFS tells us this morning that taxes will be £3,000 more per household than when the Prime Minister came to power. As my hon....

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: My hon. Friend puts it incredibly well. That is why the boosterism of the Chancellor saying that it is an age of optimism will ring so hollow for so many people in our country. You cannot build a new economy when you are hitting working families with a triple whammy of higher national insurance, higher prices and cuts to universal credit. That is more of the same. It is the Conservative...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: That is a very important point. The championing of ExcludedUK is a very important issue, and my hon. Friend is right to point it out. This is about choices. Amazon gets help from the super-deduction, but our energy intensives are left out in the cold. I hope that in his reply, the Business Secretary will tell us where things stand for the energy-intensive industries, because they have been...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: The hon. Lady is completely right about that. She anticipates my next point brilliantly; it is a useful segue. If we want to understand why growth is so anaemic, she is right that we need look no further than the Chancellor’s failure to seize the opportunities for green growth. This is an important point: the prudent and responsible economic call—I suspect the Business Secretary...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. We have been successful in offshore wind generation, and it is right to acknowledge that. The ground was laid by the last Labour Government, but I will leave that to one side. We have been successful at generating the wind energy, but not the jobs. He is completely right that we have not delivered for many people when it comes to jobs. As I was...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: That is definitely the Whips Office’s talking point. The reality is—[Interruption.] I will tell them: our last manifesto said that “the substantial majority of our emissions reductions” should happen by 2030, and that is absolutely right. We should be going faster and we should not be delaying. The interesting point is that delay is wrong not just for the climate, but economically....

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: It is completely consistent, yes. Let me turn from industry to retrofit and insulation. Of all the things that were missing from the Budget and that I thought the Treasury would have been persuaded about, the one that is as close as we can get to a fiscal, economic, climate no-brainer is a proper 10-year retrofit and insulation plan. If we invest, we cut bills and carbon emissions, make...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: I completely agree. I actually take a crumb of comfort from the Business Secretary, when he defends the sorry saga of the green homes grant, pointing to some of the money given to local authorities and what they did. That is what we need at scale—locally led, house by house, street by street. We are miles behind other countries. On green investment, a philosophical difference is emerging. I...

Income Tax (Charge) (28 Oct 2021)

Ed Miliband: I will make some progress and finish. Labour would deliver a climate investment pledge of £28 billion extra every year for the rest of the decade. That is an investment in bringing down energy bills; delivering affordable public transport and cleaner air; and backing British industries with a real plan for jobs and wages. That is what real action on the climate emergency and industrial...


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