UK opposition woos voters with cheap energy pledge

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s main opposition leader is trying to woo voters with an alternative to austerity, vowing to reward Britons suffering a “cost-of-living crisis” in the wake of the global financial meltdown.

Ed Miliband told the Labour Party’s annual conference Tuesday that if he wins the 2015 election he would freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months — a pledge he used to underscore his willingness to stand up to the powerful on behalf of voters.

Labour has struggled to regain popularity since losing power in 2010, after 13 years in office.

Miliband said a Labour government would “stick to strict spending limits to get the deficit down.”

But he also promised to stand up to “powerful interests,” and said Britain’s economy had become skewed in favor of a wealthy few.

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