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Wear Jumpers To Keep Down Energy Bills, Downing Street Suggests

Philippe Naughton, The Times

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of going into a “panic” over energy prices, after Downing Street said that consumers “may wish to consider” wrapping up warm at home to help keep their heating bills down.

A No 10 spokesman insisted that Mr Cameron was not seeking to tell people to put on a jumper when temperatures drop this winter.

But Mr Miliband said: “Their crime policy used to be ’hug a hoodie’. Now their energy policy appears to be ’wear a hoodie’.”

Government advice to shop around for the best deal will not provide relief to consumers struggling with rising gas and electricity bills, said the Labour leader, who has promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if he wins the general election in 2015.

Mr Cameron yesterday said that it was “disappointing” that British Gas had become the second of the “big six” energy companies to announce above-inflation price rises.

And he added: “There is something everyone can do, which is look to switch their electricity or gas bill from one supplier to another.”

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