The Conservative party is failing to stand up to energy companies because its election campaign is reliant on donations from the industry, the shadow Cabinet Office minister Jonathan Ashworth has said.
The Tories have taken donations worth more than £2.5m from the energy sector since the last election, leading them to “prioritise a privileged few”, according to Labour.
Ashworth’s comments come after the Conservatives attacked Labour plans to freeze energy bills within months of taking office. Labour has insisted it would press ahead with plans to give the regulator Ofgem the power to force firms to pass on wholesale energy price cuts to customers, despite the Conservatives insisting it would cause chaos.
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