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Boris in Red Wall crisis as 17 out of 18 seats poised to flip to Labour over energy crisis


Mr Johnson may soon face some political setbacks due to the ongoing energy crisis as UK residents face rising energy bills. It comes following a global shortage of natural gas earlier this year as economies unlocked from the pandemic.

Earlier this week, energy firms warned that bills were likely to remain high until at least 2023, as they called on ministers to provide consumers with relief from higher costs.

According to the Financial Times, analysts have warned that the UK’s energy price cap looks likely to rise by more than £700 in April.

In a poll conducted by the not-for-profit trade body Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), it was found that the cost-of-living crisis is hitting Red Wall voters hard, with an astonishing 79 percent saying the Government does not understand the financial pressures on working families.

EUA’s analysis of the polling found that 17 of the 18 seats would switch back to Labour if there were to be an election now.

EUA and YouGov polled 1,600 voters in 18 Red Wall constituencies across the north of England, covering seats won by the Conservatives for the first time in 2019 on a range of energy issues.

The figures will put pressure on the Government to relieve the pressure of escalating energy bills.

The joint poll also found that 80 percent of Conservative voters in 2019 now believe the issue of energy bills to be important to them, with nearly 60 percent stating that rising energy bills are having a big impact upon their personal finances.

Commenting on the findings, EUA’s Chief Executive Mike Foster said: “These numbers confirm just how deeply the cost-of-living crisis is hitting working families.

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“Sky-high energy bills are not the fault of consumers, but they are paying a heavy price. It is also very clear that politicians will pay a price for not tackling sky-high bills.”

“In October, the average Price Cap bill rose by £140, another £700 is simply not affordable.

“Voters will expect action before April’s figures kick in. There is plenty the Government can do but in the short term, their options are limited.

“Cutting VAT on energy bills and switching environment levies onto general taxation will help.

“They could increase the Winter Fuel Payment paid to pensioners too, but they do need to act.”

“To provide long-term relief from high energy bills, the Government needs to prioritise energy efficiency measures such as insulation.

“It also needs to confirm its intention to switch away from fossil fuel gas to hydrogen for home heating.

“This will meet the UK’s net zero obligation without adding further financial burdens to consumers.”

“They could increase the Winter Fuel Payment paid to pensioners too, but they do need to act.”

“To provide long-term relief from high energy bills, the Government needs to prioritise energy efficiency measures such as insulation.

“It also needs to confirm its intention to switch away from fossil fuel gas to hydrogen for home heating.

“This will meet the UK’s net zero obligation without adding further financial burdens to consumers.”





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