UK Energy Firms too Close to Ministers

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Labour leader Ed Milliband has targeted energy lobbyists who deal with government ministers as part of a drive for transparency in Government. Speaking to The Independent, Mr Milliband cited that ministers have met with lobbyists from the ‘Big Six’ commercial energy providers five times more often than consumer groups, accusing ministers of being ‘too close’ to energy companies. As part of amends that Labour will suggest to the Lobbying Bill, returning to the Commons tomorrow, lobbyists – including in-house staff from business energy providers – would be forced to sign on to a register maintained by the Government and impose ‘real sanctions’ as part of a revised code of conduct.

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