Tory 'capitulation’ as Rishi Sunak’s cost-of-living package to ‘cover up partygate shame’

Rishi Sunak’s support package to aid the lowest-income families with skyrocketing energy prices is a sign the Government is laying down its arms and finally coming to grips with the cost-of-living crisis, Labourlist’s former Editor Peter Edwards says. After Labour’s months of growing calls for the Boris Johnson’s Government to act on skyrocketing energy prices, Rishi Sunak has finally buckled under pressure and announced a £15billion plan to help the lowest-income families. Under the Government’s plan, every household will receive £400 for energy bills, pensioners will get an extra off payment of £300 and disabled people will also receive a one-off pay-out of £150.

To Mr Edwards, Rishi Sunak bowing to pressure is a victory for Labour.

Speaking to GB News, Mr Edwards lashed out: “To be frank, this is a capitulation on the part of the government.

“It’s six months too late.

“And it’s a capitulation designed to cover up the shame of partygate, the vomiting, the fighting, the karaoke, and the smashing of Charles’ swing in the hours or days before Prince Charles’ funeral”, he added in reference to Sue Gray’s report.

The long-awaited Sue Gray’s report lifted the lid on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s and Tory members’ wrongdoing at lockdown-busting events held in Downing Street and Whitehall at the height of the pandemic.

Sue Gray laid bare what happened behind the curtain with pictures displaying pizza, Prosecco, a karaoke machine and one individual being sick.

The most damning photo for the Conservative leader was a photo showing him raising a glass in toast with at least six colleagues around him in clear breach of the coronavirus place his Government set.

Mr Edwards continued: “So belatedly, the Tory government has seen some sense but as you said in your clip earlier: how about the people who have wrapped up bills over the week that’s just gone.

“Yes, Labour will claim it as a victory even though it’s far too late. 

“And look, I’m not trying to be party political about everything, because we’ve got markets fed up with partisanship.”

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The energy regulator Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Bearley warned earlier this week that the energy price cap is expected to rise to about £2,800 per year for households.

Whether energy prices drop or skyrocket in the next few months will depend on the outcome of the Ukraine-Russia war, Mr Bearley said raising two extreme scenarios.

“One where the price falls back down to where it was before – for example, if we did see peace in Ukraine – and one where prices could go even further if we were to see, for example, a disruptive interruption of gas from Russia.”

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