Friday, 20 March 2009

Disappointment on Fuel Poverty

The strange rules of the House of Commons meant that an attempt by Lib Dem MP David Heath to take forward a Bill to end fuel poverty fell today at the first hurdle.

Many Lib Dem MPs, myself included, had returned to Westminster to be present to support this 'Private Member's Bill' which would have put in place measures to ensure that the Government kept to its stated aim of eliminating fuel poverty by 2015. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Government didn't want something that would put more pressure on them to act. But disappointingly, there were hardly any Tory MPs present for the debate or the vote, and we fell short by just 11 votes of the number needed to get the issue into committee for further consideration. Although the vote to move things forward was won by a margin of more than 80, because there weren't 100 MPs voting it had no effect!

We'll have to find other ways to keep up the pressure over this vitally important issue.


ayld said...

Absolutely disgraceful! The Tories should be ashamed of themselves - of all the PMBs, this is the one that ought to have earnt the most cross party support.

bridgetfox said...

This is a Bill that would have tackled poverty, unemployment and climate change all at once - what's not to like?

So I am disgusted that my Labour MP did not bother to vote. As she has a central London constituency, it's not very hard for her to turn up.

Her indifference has helped kill off a Bill that could have done so much good for the people who need it most.

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