Shadow Energy Secretary to work with councils on clean energy

Labour’s newly appointed Shadow Energy Secretary will pledge to work with council leaders today and help create a “clean energy boom”.

In her first speech at the Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton, Lisa Nandy is expected to say she wants to “put people back in charge” of energy.

Ms Nandy took over the role of Shadow Energy Secretary earlier this month, after Caroline Flint stepped down from the post following the Labour leadership contest.

“There should be nothing to stop every community in this country owning its own clean energy power station,” Ms Nandy will say.

“We will work with our local government leaders to push for a clean energy boom in our great cities.

“Because our city and county regions can lead the world. They can point the way towards a safer, brighter, more secure future. To be the light on the hill for all of us who care about the cost of our energy - to our family budgets, our businesses and our environment,” she will add.

“Let’s not wait for this government. Because let’s face it, we’d be waiting forever. Let’s seize the initiative and put power into our own hands.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues