former MP Tessa Munt attacks cuts to solar subsidies
former MP has attacked Labour and the Conservatives after a bid
to halt cuts to solar subsidies was rejected.
Munt, the Liberal Democrat MP for the Burnham area from 2010-2015,
said: "Last week, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party failed to
support a Liberal Democrat push in the House of Lords to block
devastating cuts to solar subsidies."
Lib Dems were the only party to try and block the bid, tabling
a 'fatal motion' which would have done exactly what is says on
the tin, killed the plans to cut 65% of solar funding."
of solar installations, including those planned by social housing
landlords, have been cancelled or put on hold as a result of these
short-sighted Tory cuts."
continued: "Furthermore, according to the Tories' own impact
assessment, between 9,700 and 18,700 jobs in the industry could
be lost over the next two years as a result of the change."
one should be surprised by the Conservatives' cuts which will
cost people dearly; they pocketed millions of pounds from the
big energy companies who feel threatened by renewable energy -
which literally puts power back into ordinary people's hands -
before the election. Now it's payback time."
big energy companies put pressure on the Conservatives to attack
the renewable industry so they can maintain their grip on our
energy supplies, and thereby control the price we pay for electricity.
But what's really disappointing is that despite Labour leader
Jeremy Corbyn's attack on David Cameron for the cuts, his party
chose not to join the Lib Dems in voting the cuts down."
the Government's Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the
cuts, saying: "We have to get the balance right and I am
clear that subsidies should be temporary, not part of a permanent
the cost of technologies come down, so should the consumer-funded