Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the announcement of an agreement between the Government and EDF in respect of Hinkley Point C, said:
"Labour supports the development of new nuclear power stations in Britain as part of a balanced, secure and clean energy mix. We will scrutinise the details of this deal to ensure it delivers value for money for consumers.
"The potential costs of this agreement make it all the more crucial that we end the rip-offs and have an energy market that people trust. Labour will freeze energy bills through to the start of 2017 while we reset the energy market to make it more competitive, transparent and fair for consumers.
"This agreement shows that long-term certainty is what really matters to unlock the investment we need to keep the lights on, not allowing overcharging to continue now. David Cameron is now in the ridiculous position of saying that they can set prices 35 years ahead for the companies producing nuclear power, while insisting they can’t freeze prices for 20 months for consumers while much-needed reforms are put in place."