Martin Lewis warns of the threat of unaffordable energy bills
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Mr Johnson is facing a growing revolt from Conservative MPs who were elected in 2019, many of whom won traditional “Red Wall” seats in the last election. On Monday, more than 20 Tories who recently won their seats reportedly met to discuss their concerns about Mr Johnson’s leadership as the party was struggling with infighting.
Mr Johnson held meetings with various groups of new Conservative MPs last night, as fears are raised that the number of letters of no confidence could exceed the threshold of 54 needed to trigger a leadership election.
The Prime Minister is facing scathing criticism from all wings of the party.
In an analysis of the Conservative MPs’ Facebook pages, websites and emails to constituents, Times found 58 instances where they criticised Mr Johnson or his operation since his initial apology last week over Partygate.
One of the reasons why these MP, especially from the Red Wall seats are furious is over the energy bills.
The cost of living crisis in the UK has exploded as inflation has hit a 30 year high.
Earlier this month, energy firms warned that bills were likely to remain high until at least 2023, as they called on ministers to provide consumers with relief from higher costs.
Analysts have warned that the UK’s energy price cap looks likely to rise by more than £700 in April.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mike Foster, the CEO of Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), an independent trade association, said that one step Mr Johnson could take to stem the energy crisis is to scrap the 5 percent VAT that was set when Britain was in the EU.
He said: “Scrapping the 5% EU VAT can be done immediately if the government so desires.
“It’s worth £100 for those who spend £2,000 pounds on their energy bills.
“That might not seem like a lot if you’re a millionaire living in comfort. But if you are struggling to pay your bills, £100 is actually a substantial benefit to you.
“What’s happening at the moment is that. when energy bills rise, Rishi Sunak puts more money into the coffers of the Treasury, when it should be in people’s pockets.”
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In a poll conducted by the EUA, it was found that the cost-of-living crisis is hitting Red Wall voters hard, with an astonishing 79 percent suggesting the Government has alienated working families.
The poll also showed that a staggering 93 percent of voters in “Red Wall” seats that are run by conservatives, backed the idea of scrapping VAT on energy bills.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of those polled believed that “heating your home was more of a necessity than a luxury”, this rises to 79 per cent of over 65s.
EUA’s analysis of the polling found that 17 of the 18 seats would switch back to Labour if there were to be an election now.
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