A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would be part of a video campaign for lower energy prices, as part of a Labour Party campaign. I’m not usually overly party political but am a Labour member and voter – and having experienced high energy bills and the choice between eating and heating, well documented on my blog, I said yes.
Conservative MP Priti Patel has criticised the campaign, saying it is using ‘left wing activists masquerading as ordinary people.’ I just gave the following statement to the Daily Mail:
“In response to Priti Patel’s comments where she accuses the Labour Party of using ‘left wing activists masquerading as ordinary people’ – I may be a charity campaigner and political activist, but that does not invalidate 18 months experience of living in a freezing cold flat, on very little money, trying to look after a young child – which is what the campaign invited me to speak about. It’s not a new message; it’s one I have written about for numerous newspapers, spoken about on TV, and at three party political conferences, including the Conservatives. An activist is a person who believes strongly in political and social change. I may be an ordinary person, but I am also proud to call myself an activist. Ms Patel should use her energy to challenge the message if she disagrees with it, not the messengers.”
It came out today – on the Internet and television – so here it is:
To watch the video, click here: UK Labour Party broadcast on energy prices, October 2013
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