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Energy firms defend price rises

The "Big Six" energy companies were forced to defend recent hikes in energy prices to a committee of MPs today. They blamed wholesale costs and green taxes but their explanations were dismissed as a "list of excuses" by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

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Labour: Energy firms 'must come clean' on price rises

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint said firms "must come clean" about why they have chosen to raise energy prices "when they are already making huge profits".

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Speaking ahead of the appearance of directors from the "Big Six" companies before MPs, Ms Flint said: "The latest revelations about rising profits and the growing gap between wholesale costs and household energy bills highlight why answers are needed.

"Britain's energy market isn't working for ordinary families and businesses."

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