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Ed Davey insisted the Government's change to wind subsidies had been driven by economic considerations, rather than a political calculation aimed at winning round potential UKIP voters. “Nothing to do with UKIP – this is about evidence. ... Continue to article
Ed Davey has outlined the Government's plans for reducing energy prices to the House of Commons, calling them "real measures based on real facts". The Energy Secretary confirmed a £12 electricity rebate in both 2014 & 2015 as part of the ... Continue to article
Ed Davey to make Commons statement on energy bills at 3.30
Ed Davey insisted the Coalition had been taking action to keep energy bills down since they entered government in 2010. “We’ve been working on getting people’s energy bills down ever since we came to power. For example, under Ed Miliband... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron visits China on a trade mission Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is expected to deliver a speech in Milton Keynes Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits a small firm where he is expected to outline plans f... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield “It’s very exciting, I’m really enjoying it. There’s a lot of noise, but in politics you want to be where the noise is, don’t you? You don’t want to go where it’s all quiet.” Ed Da... Continue to article
The Government does not oppose the decision of the energy firm RWE to scrap a major offshore wind project in the Bristol Channel, Ed Davey has said. The Energy Secretary said the Government "can understand why" the project did not get th... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne speaks at The Telegraph festival of business in Manchester Education secretary Michael Gove is expected to deliver a speech on children's services and protection Business secretary Vince Cable continues his v... Continue to article
Over the years, I’ve heard the green agenda described in a number of ways: vote winner, vote loser; niche interest; minority sport; middle class luxury; Lib Dem obsession, even. For a long time, politically-speaking, the environment... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg delivers a speech to Green Alliance on the environment Home secretary Theresa May speaks at a Policy Exchange event in London on police and crime commissioners one year on (11.00) Energy secretary Ed ... Continue to article
Words: Daniel Bond Pictures: Paul Heartfield Lord Macartney’s mission to Beijing in 1792, the first high level contact between Britain and Qing Dynasty China, was once described as the “most significant event in world history”.... Continue to article
People who manipulate the energy markets should face criminal sanctions, the Energy Secretary has said. Delivering his annual energy statement, Ed Davey announced plans to open consultation on introducing the new offence. "The public ... Continue to article
Ed Davey said his ambition is to enable consumers to switch energy tariffs within 24 hours and revealed the amount he saved by switching earlier this year. "Earlier this year, I saved over £240 [from switching]. At the moment it can take... Continue to article
Lord Jenkin said he could not understand ministers’ opposition to his proposal to introduce a responsibility on ministers to promote competition in the electricity-generating market. “I moved similar amendments at the committee stage, wh... Continue to article
DECC press release Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said; “This is a very positive result. Grangemouth is important to the Scottish economy, the UK economy and most importantly to the local economy where 800 job... Continue to article
The Government is “saddened” by the announcement that Ineos would close its petrochemical plant at Grangemouth, the Energy Secretary has said. Ed Davey told the House of Commons he was ready to work with the Scottish government to help ... Continue to article
Ed Davey is enthusiastic about renewables. He is enthusiastic about nuclear. He is enthusiastic about everything. It's like having a young labrador as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Continue to article
Downing Street said that GPs have a 'duty' to ensure fairness in the running of the NHS. Asked about Frank Field’s remarks that GPs ‘have a duty to their patients, who pay their salaries and all NHS bills, to ensure that those drawing he... Continue to article
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said the Hinkley Point deal was "a good deal for UK consumers" and was "good news for jobs, good news for the economy, good news for billpayers, good news for energy security and good news for the environment". ... Continue to article
Martin Horwood said the nuclear industry did not deserve to receive a large subsidy. "For some of us [Liberal Democrat MPs] it's a very difficult decision indeed, we haven't become supporters of nuclear energy overnight, and we still thi... Continue to article
Barry Gardiner accused the Government of double standards for fixing a strike price for 35 years over the Hinkley Point nuclear deal after refusing to back Labour's plan for a 20 month consumer price freeze. "At a time when you are heari... Continue to article
The Government's deal with EDF Energy for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will help stave off a "looming energy crisis", the Energy Secretary has said. Speaking to reporters alongside EDF representatives in London, Ed Davey ... Continue to article
Ed Davey said the deal struck to build a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point was “essential” for Britain. “This power station won’t start generating until 2023, and that’s when it will start touching consumer bills – in ten years’ time.... Continue to article
The British Irish Assembly meets in London to discuss progress and peace that have been achieved in the 15 years since the Good Friday Agreement Energy secretary Ed Davey has announced EDF and China General Nuclear Power Group plans to i... Continue to article
Ed Davey said consumers should look to switch suppliers if companies such as British Gas hike their prices. "I’ve just looked today, this morning and on British Gas’ current prices you could switch to a leading independent supplier and s... Continue to article
The Energy Secretary has branded Labour’s energy price freeze pledge “economically illiterate” and reiterated the accusation that they policy is conning consumers. Ed Davey also reiterated the Prime Minister’s assertion that their polic... Continue to article
Ed Davey said Ed Miliband's energy price freeze was a "con". "We’re helping the poorest through the warm homes discount, through cold weather payments, we’re trying to push competition to get the price down, we’re trying to help people t... Continue to article
Ed Davey said today's climate change report showed the Government needed to push on with its green policies. "Well, the Government been taking climate change seriously for years now and I think we just need to redouble our efforts, ... Continue to article
Ed Davey slams labour plans - “Government price fixing jeopardises investment in new power stations, making power cuts a real possibility
Danny Alexander argued Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy prices if Labour came to power in 2015 did not take account of the imlications for investment in energy infrastructure. “Look, I understand why this idea might seem attractive,... Continue to article
Europe! Not long ago I was at a coffee morning in the village hall just around the corner from where I live. I was sitting at a little table with the vicar and an elderly lady from the village. Suddenly she put down her cup and gave me... Continue to article
Ed Davey argued the Lib Dem move to back nuclear energy was essential to combat the risk of climate change. “I’ve changed my mind because I’ve now realised that renewables and energy efficiency can’t do it alone. We need all forms of low... Continue to article
Ed Davey has praised Liberal Democrats for protecting the green agenda against the “stone-age” elements of their coalition colleagues. In his keynote address to the party’s annual conference in Glasgow, the Energy Secretary put up a st... Continue to article
Ed Davey on wind power: "We have prevented the stone-age wing of the Tory party from destroying our leading renewables industry." #ldconf
Ed Davey having a go at Owen Paterson, Eric Pickles and Michael Gove over climate change. Of course Tories will have last word at conference
Ed Davey claims he kept climate change in Geography curriculum against wishes of Michael Gove #ldconf
Ed Davey on Lib Dem green agenda: "We have had to face the ultimate test – the charm of Michael Gove." #ldconf
Ed Davey - We need to rebuild political consensus on climate change #ldconf
The Liberal Democrat conference has narrowly voted in favour of building new nuclear power stations. Delegates backed the Government’s policy after an impassioned speech from Energy Secretary Ed Davey, who warned that the challenge of co... Continue to article
Ed Davey - i know how difficult this is for #ldconf but "we will need nuclear"
Ed Davey said his "Coalition colleagues" were often not as enthusiastic about environmental measures as the Liberal Democrats were. "There’ll be a charge on [plastic bags]. Supermarkets will levy it, we hope that will be a massive incent... Continue to article
Hello conference: Thank you for your warm welcome. It’s great to be in Brighton and Hove, home of our Green MP, Caroline Lucas. There is only one of her – though from her media appearances, her Hansard record and her presence around her ... Continue to article
Ed Davey said there was a long way to go until fracking helped bring down energy prices. "Some people say it's the worst threat to the environment... and there's another extreme where people say it's going to solve all our energy problem... Continue to article
Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the Universities UK annual conference in Leicester (19.00) Business secretary Vince Cable (10.10), business minister Michael Fallon and skills minister Matthew Hancock attend the Industrial Strate... 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.
David Miliband yesterday admitted that the government wouldn't have entered the conflict in Iraq if it knew then what it knows now. The foreign secretary was speaking at a foreign affairs spokesmen debate on the BBC.
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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12/11/2013 on BBC News
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11/11/2013 on Newsnight, BBC Two
10/11/2013 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One
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