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Miliband vows to protect small firms from 'unfair' energy prices

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to promise to protect small firms from "unfair" treatment at the hands of the energy companies in a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses at their annual conference.

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Miliband promises business protection from fuel costs

Ed Miliband will speak at FSB conference in Manchester. Credit: PA

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to make a fresh attempt to reach out to business with a promise to protect small firms from "unfair" treatment at the hands of the energy companies.

In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Manchester, he will say that a Labour government would reform the energy market to ensure small firms were given the same legal protections as householders.

These would include establishing a new energy regulator with powers to suppliers from rolling firms on to more expensive tariffs without their consent or hitting them with "crippling" back-bills for periods of longer than a year.

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