Labour’s war on giant firms

MP for Blackpool South Gordon Marsden and Blackpool North Labour candidate Sam Rushworth with supporters John Molloy (left) and Ian Barke.

MP for Blackpool South Gordon Marsden and Blackpool North Labour candidate Sam Rushworth with supporters John Molloy (left) and Ian Barke.

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Energy bills were among the hot topics under debate as Labour brought its North West regional conference to Blackpool for the third year in a row.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham was due to speak today to delegates who gathered at the Imperial Hotel for the two-day event.

Meanwhile, Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden and Sam Rushworth, Labour’s candidate to fight the Blackpool North and Cleveleys seat at the next General Election, set up a stall in St John’s Square yesterday to speak to residents about Labour leader Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices.

Mr Marsden said: “We have been speaking to people who literally don’t think they are going to make it through the winter, and we have had lots of people signing the petition.”

Mr Rushworth said: “People are really worried and it and it has been quite upsetting to listen to some of the stories people have been telling me.

“I have met a disabled man today who told me he has just had a £700 bill.

“There is a high level of fuel poverty in Blackpool and I just hope the Government will listen.”

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