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Alastair Campbell has expressed disagreement over Peter Mandelson's criticism of Ed Miliband's energy plans.
Lord Mandelson has claimed that Ed Miliband risks accusations of taking the Labour party backwards with his pledge to freeze energy bills.
After this week's policy announcements at the Labour Party conference, Ed Miliband will be hoping to have improved his position in opinion polls.
ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has visited Hastings - which Labour hopes to win back from the Conservatives - to find out residents' views on plans such as freezing energy prices and building a million new homes.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has dismissed "scare stories" from Britain's major energy companies in response to his proposals to freeze gas and electricity prices.
The UK's biggest energy supplier, Centrica, has warned the plans could lead to potential blackouts.
But Mr Miliband insists he would hit the "re-set" button for a whole industry as "somebody's got to call time on a market that is not working".
ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby reports.
Ramsay Dunning, general manager at Co-operative Energy said: "It's no surprise to see the Big Six objecting to Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy prices from 2015 until 2017. The British energy industry has been in the grip of a stranglehold by these companies for far too long.
"We believe it doesn't have to be this way and something has got to change to help energy customers all over the UK who are not only confused and deprived of any real choice but worryingly for many, unable to pay their energy bills."
"Somebody's got to call time on a market that is not working," Ed Miliband told ITV News political editor Tom Bradby today, speaking about his plans to tackle household energy prices.
The Labour leader said a two-year price freeze would allow a Government to "get in place a new regulator who can do precisely what the current regular can't - which is when wholesale price reductions aren't passed on, cut people's prices."
Alistair Phillips-Davies, chief executive of energy firm SSE, has written in response to Ed Miliband's open letter which urged suppliers to be "part of the solution not the problem."
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to ask if a power cut in his street this morning was an "early reaction to Ed Miliband's speech":
The Labour leader has pledged to freeze energy prices until 2017 if he becomes Prime Minister at the next General Election.
Shares in power giants Centrica and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) fell shortly after markets opened today in the wake of Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy bills.
Centrica shares dropped 3.7% to £3.82, while Southern Electric and Swalec owner SSE fell 3.2% to £15.30 in a session where the FTSE 100 index opened down 0.2% at 6,561.
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A leading competition lawyer says an energy price freeze could leave Labour open to challenges from the courts or the European Commission.