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Energy secretary Ed Davey and local government minister Don Foster speak at the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors local government dinner in Manchester Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at a Trades Union Congress event on s... Continue to article
WORDS BY PAUL WAUGH, PICTURES BY PAUL HEARTFIELD Michael Fallon opens his desk drawer to reveal the secret weapon in his daily drive for ministerial efficiency: a private stash of muesli bars and energy snacks. The blood sugar ... Continue to article
Ed Davey said that all low carbon technologies should be invested in, including shale gas and nuclear options. “I believe because the threat of climate change and the cost of climate change are so great we have to invest in all low carbo... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande are expected to hold a joint press conference in Brussels (20.00) Labour party leader Ed Miliband speaks at the Google Big Tent event in Rickmansworth (09.00) Deputy ... Continue to article
Energy firms that have participated in price fixing should face the "full force of the law", the Energy Secretary said today. Ed Davey was speaking after it was revealed that the European Commission was investigating oil companies includ... Continue to article
The Government’s policies are shielding the public from the full impact of the rise in the cost of living, the Energy Secretary has insisted. In a Commons debate on the Queen’s Speech, Ed Davey argued the Coalition was providing a “cushi... Continue to article
Ed Davey said the Government had taken a “moderate path” with shale gas, welcoming its potential but “making sure any problems can be dealt with”. “Shale gas has a real potential and we need to explore that potential. I don't think we kn... Continue to article
The essential overhaul of Britain’s energy system has been thrown into disarray by the resignation of one of its architects – just as Energy Secretary Ed Davey prepares to escalate his drive to stamp out doubts about the existence of climate change. Continue to article
Business secretary Vince Cable attends the Green Investment Bank conference in Edinburgh Culture secretary Maria Miller attends the launch of a new Visit England domestic marketing campaign Energy secretary Ed Davey, Treasury minister... Continue to article
Ed Davey defended his department’s claims energy bills would rise by an average of £22 over the next seven years. “We’re very worried about rising energy bills, the rises we’ve seen, and we do expect rises to increase. What’ we’re trying... Continue to article
When Nick Clegg heaped praise on Chris Huhne two days before he was sentenced to eight months in prison, many journalists seemed surprised that the Deputy Prime Minister did not try to wash his hands of the man who challenged him for the pa... Continue to article
Ed Davey said the Cabinet were unanimous behind the decision to proceed with more departmental cuts. "These are difficult decisions, but the Coalition was formed in order to take difficult decisions on the deficit. People need to un... Continue to article
It is vital that Europe implements a 30% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, Nick Clegg and Ed Davey have said. Writing in the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Secretary insist that ambitious targets for reducing emissions will "help grow our low-carbon industries", ensuring Europe remains competitive as well as boosting the UK economy.
David Cameron was today accused by petrol retailers of "creating a crisis" out of the fuel strike today as a row broke out over Government advice to motorists to fill up their tanks.
Brian Madderson, the chairman of the Petrol Federation, told BBC Radio 4: "This Government appears intent on creating a crisis out of a serious concern, and we would have told them, had we been engaged ahead, that there are now 6,000 fewer forecourts than there were at the time of the last blockade in 2000.
The Unite union has agreed to talks with conciliation service Acas in order to try to prevent a strike by petrol tanker drivers.
Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We welcome the prospect of exploratory talks and await a formal invitation from Acas. Unite has said all along that we want a negotiated settlement through meaningful talks.
The news came after Labour leader Ed Miliband earlier urged the Government to "do the responsible thing" and get oil firms and unions together to negotiate.
The Prime Minister and Francis Maude both advised the public to fill up their tanks with petrol to avoid shortages in the event of a strike.
Mr Maude said having "a bit of petrol in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take", but within minutes the Fire Brigades Union warned that it would be illegal and unsafe to keep a full jerry can in a garage. The Cabinet Office minister then denied he had offered specific advice on the issue.
Mr Cameron told a press conference that there was "absolutely no justification" for strike action planned by fuel tanker drivers but he was contradicted by the Retail Motor Industries Federation, which said stations had their lowest stocks ever due to financial strains.
Following a meeting of the COBRA committee this afternoon, a Downing Street spokesman said: "Ministers also agreed that motorists should continue to take sensible precautions to prepare for the impacts of a possible strike. There is no need to queue for petrol, but in the normal course of business, motorists should consider keeping their tanks topped up. But there is no shortage of fuel at present and forecourts are being replenished."
There was also rancour about Mr Maude's words on storing extra fuel, with the head of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack, saying it was "grossly irresponsible" and would put the public and firefighters in danger.
Ed Davey has said it would be "reckless and unwise" for the UK to rule out joining the euro in the future. In an interview with the New Statesman magazine, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary said David Cameorn's veto of the new European fiscal union was nothing more than a "blip" and that the Coalition would eventually be remembered as more pro-European than Tony Blair's government.
Three more Lib Dem MPs have been secretly recorded by The Daily Telegraph criticising Coalition policies. Ed Davey and Steve Webb criticised child benefit cuts. Michael Moore said he did not want to work with Liam Fox for long.
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