‘Fact Check’ – part of Channel 4 News – have rubbished Energy minister Chris Huhne’s claim that families would better off under his green policies and have challenged him to produce the research to back it up.
The town’s controversial MP made the claims today while addressing the Lib Dem conference.
In a speech described as ‘slavering’ by Lib Dem peer Shirley Williams, Mr Huhne also attacked the Conservative Party, although last year he brokered a deal which put them in power following an election in which he had exhorted Eastleigh folk to help him keep the Conservative party out.
Writing on the Channel 4 news site, reporter Cathy Newman said alarm bells were ‘ringing’ when she heard Mr Huhne claim that:
“The average consumer would be “better off” by the end of the decade thanks to a raft of policies designed to push renewable energy and “cleaner” sources of power like nuclear and carbon capture and storage, reducing Britain’s dependency on oil and gas”
Cathy Newman claims the latest figures supplied by Mr Huhne’s own Department of Energy and Climate Change show that consumer bills will have risen by 16% by 2020.
She also claims Mr Huhne’s green policies will actually push fuel bills UP by 1% – not reduce them -and challenged Mr Huhne to prove otherwise.
Cathy Newman compared Mr Huhne to the Children’s story book character ‘Pollyanna’ who was perennially optimistic.