Labor seeks to increase pressure on Tory MPs with bumper vote in Commons

Tory MPs are facing fresh pressure to back a one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers in a bid to cut energy bills.

On Tuesday, Labor will seek to force a Commons vote on its amendment which expresses regret for the omission of politics from the Queen’s Speech.

It comes as MPs debate ‘tackling short and long term cost of living increases’ on day five of the Queen’s Speech debate.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently told the BBC that he was not “naturally attracted” to a windfall tax, but would be “pragmatic about it” given the profits these companies made due to the high prices.

BP and Shell announced bumper profits earlier this year as energy prices soared.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he was not ‘naturally attracted’ to a windfall tax, but would be ‘pragmatic about it’ (Oli Scarff/PA)

In February, MPs backed a Labor motion for the new windfall tax to be imposed on North Sea producers to fund a family and business support scheme.

But Tory MPs abstained and the government was not forced to act because the motion was not binding.

Ed Miliband, shadow and net zero climate change secretary, said of Tuesday’s vote: ‘As energy bills soar at record highs for millions of families, it is shameful that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are still refusing to support a one-off tax that could help tackle the cost of living crisis.

“Today Labor will give MPs another chance to back our one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers’ profits to drive down bills.

“This just and principled measure now enjoys the support of business, unions, all political walks of life and, most importantly, the overwhelming majority of the public.

“Tory MPs must now join the British people in calling for a windfall tax – or explaining why they continue to oppose measures that would ease the cost of living crisis.”

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