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Sir John Major backs energy windfall tax to cut bills

22 October 2013 Last updated at 16:16 BST

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has told the BBC that energy price rises are unjustified.

He said the government should impose a "one-off windfall tax" on energy firms if Whitehall was forced to pay out a lot of money this winter to help people who were being forced to choose between "keeping warm and eating".

A Downing Street spokesman said: "We have no plans for a windfall tax. It's an interesting contribution to the debate but we are focussed on getting people on to the lowest tariff and on the long term competitiveness of the market".