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ScottishPower raises prices

ScottishPower is to raise the average prices of their duel fuel bills by 8.6%, gas by 8.5% and electricity up 9%. It comes as Nick Clegg has admitted the Coalition is split over David Cameron's pledge to cut green taxes on energy bills.

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  1. Libby Wiener

Major calls for windfall tax on energy companies

The former Prime Minister Sir John Major today called for a windfall tax on energy companies to help ease the pressure on needy customers.

Speaking to journalists, Sir John said the Government would have to intervene if prices continued to rise.

"It's not acceptable to me that many people are going to have to choose between keeping warm this winter and eating," he said at a Press Gallery lunch.

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major Credit: Press Association

If intervention proved costly, he said, then he would favour a levy on the energy companies' profits.

Asked if he was making Ed Miliband's case for him, he insisted not.

He said the Labour leader's heart might be in the right place on this, but his head had "gone walkabout".

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