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Tributes to Her Late Majesty The Queen (9 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: Today, our country, our people, this House, are united in mourning. Queen Elizabeth II was this great country’s greatest monarch, and for the vast majority of us, it feels impossible to imagine a Britain without her. All our thoughts are with her beloved family—our royal family—at this moment of profound grief. This is a deep and private loss for them, yet it is one we all share,...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I thank the Prime Minister for advance sight of her opening speech. We are in the middle of a national emergency. People are really scared, families do not know if they can warm their homes this winter and businesses ask if they can keep the lights on. That is why the Labour party spent the summer fighting for a price freeze, so that no household would pay a penny more on their bills. When we...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I will just make some progress and then I will give way. This support does not come cheap. The real question before the House today—the real question the Government face; the political question—is who is going to pay. The Treasury estimates that energy producers could make £170 billion in unexpected windfall profits over the next two years. Let me repeat that: £170 billion in unexpected...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I will give way in just a moment. The head of BP has called this crisis “a cash machine” for his company. Households are on the other end of that cash machine—their bills are funding these eye-watering profits. That is why we have been calling for a windfall tax since January, and it is why we want to see the windfall tax expanded now, but the Prime Minister is opposed to windfall...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: We are talking about what happens this winter and next. If the hon. Gentleman does not understand—[Interruption.] I will tell him something. Every pound the Prime Minister’s Government refuse to raise in windfall taxes, which is leaving billions on the table, is an extra pound of borrowing. That is the simple, straightforward argument. Every pound that she leaves on the table is an extra...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: This is the basic political divide. The Government want to protect the excess profits of the oil and gas and energy groups; we want to protect working people.

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I would be absolutely amazed if Government Members have not picked that up. Ask voters whether they think it is fair that they pick up the bill, rather than those companies that made profits they did not expect to make. There is only one answer to that question. It is a very simple question of whose side are you on. I am afraid this is not a one-off. Not only is the Prime Minister refusing to...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention. It comes down to this basic point. All hon. Members recognise that profits are needed for investment in all businesses, but in this case these are profits that the companies did not expect to make. When the chief executive of BP says that the windfall tax would not deter any investment, it is a bit rich for Government Members to say that he is completely...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I will make my argument and then I will give way. It is about a failure to prepare, a failure to increase our energy independence and a failure to rapidly decrease our reliance on fossil fuels. The Conservatives banned onshore wind in 2015, and that cost us clean energy capacity equivalent to all our Russian gas imports in recent years—a policy disaster. The Prime Minister has been...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I take it from that intervention that the hon. and learned Gentleman does not quarrel with me that the ban on onshore wind since 2015 has been a policy disaster, along with the opposition to solar power.

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I will of course take the former Prime Minister’s intervention.

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention and I will deal with it in full, because it is a very important point. Nuclear is vital to our future, and a new generation of power plants should have been built by now. Yesterday, the Prime Minister desperately tried to blame Labour, and that intervention goes to that point. I remember the exchange across the Dispatch Box in 2006 when Prime Minister Blair...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: What was the Conservative party’s position on nuclear when David Cameron was asked the question in 2006? He did not have a position on it. I think the right hon. Gentleman is wrong about the £170 billion. If there is any doubt, I invite the Treasury to disclose the documents so that we can all evaluate them.

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: That is the fundamental choice and the fundamental divide in the House. Let the Conservatives defend their position of protecting those excess profits, and we will defend our position of standing up for working people.

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I will make some progress: I have taken a lot of interventions. Let me turn to home insulation, which reduces energy consumption like nothing else. We have the draughtiest homes in Europe. The last Labour Government set about fixing that. Then the Conservative party said, “cut the green crap”, and the whole project all but collapsed. Installation rates fell by 92%—utterly short-sighted,...

UK Energy Costs (8 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I am going to make some progress, because other speakers need to get in. New wind and solar power are now nine times cheaper—nine times cheaper! We need a clean energy sprint, urgently accelerating the rollout of offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, nuclear, hydrogen, and tidal. Last year, I set out a new national mission to insulate 19 million homes and cut bills for good. If the Government...

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: Thank you, Mr Speaker. May I congratulate the Prime Minister on her appointment? When she said in her leadership campaign that she was against windfall taxes, did she mean it?

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I thank the Prime Minister for her answer. I ask because Treasury estimates are that the energy producers will make £170 billion in excess profits over the next two years. The Prime Minister knows that she has no choice but to back an energy price freeze, but that won’t be cheap, and the real choice—the political choice—is who is going to pay. Is she really telling us that she is...

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: I look forward to tomorrow’s statement, but the money has got to come from somewhere. The Prime Minister knows that every single pound in excess profits that she chooses not to tax is an extra pound on borrowing that working people will be forced to pay back for decades to come. More borrowing than is needed—that is the true cost of her choice to protect oil and gas profits, isn’t it?

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Sep 2022)

Keir Starmer: So, Mr Speaker, the right hon. Lady’s first act as Prime Minister is to borrow more than is needed because she will not touch excess oil and gas profits. On that topic, how much would her planned corporation tax cut hand out to companies?


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