Sir Keir Starmer vowed to set up a new nationalised energy company as he vowed to take the fight to the Tories ahead of the next general election.
Outlining his bid to become the UK’s next Prime Minister, the Labour leader pledged to take on the Conservatives on every front from energy to Brexit to the NHS as he addressed party members in Liverpool this afternoon.
He urged voters “don’t forgive, don’t forget” Liz Truss and her Tory predecessors in a full-throttled attack on the governing party for having “let control of the British economy”.
Seeking to capitalise on Britons’ fears over spiralling bills, the Labour leader announced he would to set up “Great British Energy” within the first year of power.
He said: “A new company that takes advantage of the opportunities in clean British power and because it’s right for jobs, because it’s right for growth, because it’s right for energy independence from tyrants like Putin.
“Yes Conference, Great British Energy will be publicly owned.
“None of this will be easy – it won’t be like flicking a switch.
“It will mean tough battles on issues like planning and regulation. But when the Tories nay-say and carp, remember this: the road to net-zero is no longer one of stern, austere, self-denial.
“It’s at the heart of modern, 21st century aspiration.”
Blaming the Conservatives from the current energy crisis, he added: “We won’t make the mistake the Tories made with North Sea oil and gas back in the 1980s where they frittered away the wealth from our national resources.
“Just look at what’s happening at the moment. The largest onshore wind farm in Wales. Who owns it? Sweden.
“Energy bills in Swansea are paying for schools and hospitals in Stockholm.
“The Chinese Communist Party has a stake in our nuclear industry. And five million people in Britain pay their bills to an energy company owned by France.”
The policy announcement received one of 12 standing ovations from Labour members.
In a marked departure from the repeated disruptions from Left-wing protesters at last year’s mammoth 90 minute speech, those in the conference hall today cheered on the leader’s address in Liverpool.
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