Christine Jardine

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West

British Gas Profits "a betrayal for customers"

17 Feb 2023

Responding to the news that Centrica, owner of British Gas, has made £2.8bn in profits in 2022, Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine said: 

"This is a stunning betrayal for British Gas customers across the country who are struggling to keep their heating on. Once again, the UK Government's failure to implement a proper windfall tax is allowing oil and gas companies to make billions off the back of hardworking families and small businesses. 

"What makes this worse is that thousands of families across the UK have had their homes broken into and prepayments forcibly installed because they could no longer afford to pay their sky-high bills.

"This situation cannot continue. Liberal Democrats are calling for the Conservatives to finally bring in a proper Windfall Tax and the cancellation of Government plans to increase energy bills by £500 in April.

"We also need to see action from the Scottish Government to activate an emergency insulation programme to help struggling families and small businesses cope with surging energy prices. It is not good enough for the SNP/Green government to continue to sit on its hands."

About Christine

Christine is the UK Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West.

Before Parliament, Christine was a broadcast journalist with the BBC and taught journalism at the University of Strathclyde.

Since being elected, she has campaigned on air quality, pension equality for WASPI women, medicinal cannabis, refugees' right to work and the cost of living. She is Vice-Chair of the All Party Group for Choice at the End of Life.

First elected in 2017, Christine was re-elected in 2019.


Edinburgh West speaks up on Cost of Living

Christine has launched a Cost of Living survey to which over 700 households have already responded.

The Lib Dem MP is contacting residents to find out how the crisis is affecting them and what action they want to see from their politicians.

She said: “We mustn’t lose sight of the impact that this is having on real people who are finding the cost of everything from their shopping to energy bills or simply keeping a roof over their families heads getting more difficult by the day.

“This is not just about money markets or the value of the pound; it has a real and direct impact on the lives of families, pensioners and businesses and I want to know what you want your politicians to do about it.

“From the results so far, it is clear that people in Edinburgh West feel that the UK Government is simply not doing enough to ease the burden people are increasingly facing."

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