Corbyn hits out at millionaires who 'fly about in private jets and heat empty mansions'

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launches his party's European election campaign at the University of Kent in Chatham (Press Association)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has taken aim at corporate ‘green measures’ designed at a cost to the taxpayer.

The Opposition leader said the cost of ‘saving the planet falls on’ the public - and criticised how the upper classes waste money and energy.

The comments come as Labour said it would take the National Grid into public ownership which would also save councils an additional £66million per year.

Mr Corbyn said: ‘In this country, too often people are made to feel like the cost of saving the planet falls on them.

Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London (GETTY)

‘Too many think of green measures as just another way for companies or the government to get money out of them, while the rich fly about in private jets and heat their empty mansions.’

Mr Corbyn made the comments as he announced plans to fit a million homes with eco-friendly solar panel systems.

It part of a Labour bid to save householders around £117 a year on energy bills.

An additional 750,000 households will be given the chance to have them installed through a programme of interest free loans, grants and changes to regulations.

Labour and the Tories are yet to thrash out a deal through cross-party talks (GETTY)

Mr Corbyn says the policy will create 16,900 jobs and cut back on more than seven million tonnes of CO2 .

Speaking in Yorkshire, Mr Corbyn continued: ‘Labour’s approach is different.

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‘Our Green Industrial Revolution will benefit working class people with cheaper energy bills, more rewarding well-paid jobs, and new industries to revive the parts of our country that have been held back for far too long.

‘By focusing on low income households we will reduce fuel poverty and increase support for renewable energy. Social justice and climate justice as one.’

Opposition Labour party shadow Business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said privatisation of National Grid did not focus on the interests of paying energy consumers (GETTY)

Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey claimed energy customers had been ‘ripped off’ by privatisation.

She said suppliers prioritised shareholders’ dividends - which saw £13 billion paid out over five years- instead of focusing on putting money into the green economy.

She said: ‘It’s an insult and an injustice to our people and our planet for companies operating the grid to rip customers off, line the pockets of the rich and not invest properly in renewable energy.

‘Only by taking the grid into public ownership can we de-carbonise the economy at the pace needed to secure the planet for our children and grandchildren while ending the rip off, creating good jobs in local communities and making heating and electricity a human right.’

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