Prime Minister David Cameron promised to “keep the lights on” today and declared plans to make Blackpool a “centre” for shale gas.
At the Conservative’s autumn conference in Manchester, the Tory leader said his was the “party of the future” and styled the Humber and Blackpool as centres for energy excellence.
Mr Cameron said: “Think of what more we could do with the pistons firing in all parts of our economy. With its wind and wave power, let’s make the Humber the centre of clean energy. With its resources underground, let’s make Blackpool Europe’s centre for the shale gas industry.”
Early in his speech he used a self-deprecating joke about tabloid snaps of his bare-chested beach holiday to undercut his Labour rival Ed Miliband: “You keep your shirt on Ed, I’ll keep the lights on.”