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Nick Robinson’s ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ ringtone interrupts banking debate on Daily Politics show

Political editor shut off his iPad before the 'embarrassing lyrics' started

Michael Gove has given his opinion in the energy price debate

Michael Gove says Ed Miliband right to attack energy companies

After Ed Miliband's price freeze pledge, David Cameron agrees action is needed to reduce the cost of energy

You can tell who people vote for just by looking at their shopping bags

Are we really that obvious in our ways? It appears we are.

Laura Trott of Great Britain on her way to winning a gold medal during the Women's Omnium

Can they wheelie do it? Radio 5 Live aim to run on power generated by Team GB cyclists

The radio station will be powered entirely by bicycles and biofuel for Energy Day in September

Andy McSmith's Diary: Listen children, the world really was created in seven days

A question thrown up while MPs were arguing over gay marriage is whether fundamentalist Christian teachers should have a legal right to propagate creationism in the classroom. This cropped up while opponents of gay marriage were fighting a rearguard action to ensure that any religious group or individual with a religious objection to gay marriage was protected from anti-discrimination law.

Government to backtrack on Cameron pledge to force Big Six energy companies to give customers cheapest tariff

The Department of Energy & Climate Change is expected to further backtrack on David Cameron’s promise to the House of Commons last year that new laws would be introduced “so that energy companies have to give the lowest tariff to their customers”.

Will the coalition’s energy plan really mean lower bills?

Energy firms will be forced to switch all customers onto the cheapest tariffs, saving people from languishing on expensive, out-of-date deals, Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy, announced today.

Profits soar at energy company SSE as bills rise

An energy company whose customers were hit with bill hikes of 9% last month reported a 38% jump in half-year profits to nearly £400 million today.

Cheapest deal for all: David Cameron vows to crackdown on rip-off energy tariffs

Britain’s big energy companies will be forced by law to place customers on the cheapest tariff suitable for their circumstances, David Cameron said today.

Labour to launch drive to cut electricity bills for thousands of families

A drive to cut electricity bills for thousands of families from next year will be launched today by Labour at the start of its annual conference.

Ofgem pays out staff bonuses

The energy watchdog has paid more than £1 million in bonuses to staff in the past two years.

Big Six energy firms accused of breaking vow to help poorest families

Government urged not to release companies from efficiency commitments as deadline looms

Smart meters 'will cost households more'

Plans to install smart energy meters in every UK home could cost households even more, a consumer group warned the Government last night. A new report by Which? claims ministers are too hands-off about the £12bn project and are not properly in control of the costs. They warn that customers may not be protected from sharp price rises.

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