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Labours renationalisation plans could see a 10% increase in energy bills in Crawley

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, Henry Smith, has branded Labour’s plans to renationalise the energy system as an “ideological crusade that will leave people worse off”, in the light of new research showing that billpayers in the south east of England will be left with higher bills to pick up the tab.



New research from Frontier Economics and published by the Energy Networks Association has found that Labour’s plans to renationalise National Grid and other energy network companies could make the energy system in Britain less efficient, meaning it would require more money to achieve the same level of service as is currently provided.

The research finds that ultimately this cost will be passed on to billpayers.

In the south east that could see bills rising by up to £19 a year – an increase of 10.4 per cent. Across the country, the cost of running a nationalised energy network could be as much as £714 million more expensive. This does not include the cost of nationalising the companies in the first place, which would cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of pounds.

Leading think tanks and business groups have also warned that Labour’s plans to renationalise the energy system would seriously damage the UK’s ability to tackle climate change. Previous research from the Energy Networks Association found that a nationalised system would be poorly placed to invest in the new technology needed to decarbonise, while the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned just this week that Labour’s plan ‘risks years of disruption’.

The energy industry has invested £100 billion into the system since privatisation, leading to better services for consumers and a far more environmentally-friendly grid. The cost of running the network has fallen by 17 per cent since privatisation, while reliability has improved, with 60 per cent fewer power cuts.

Henry Smith said;

“This research confirms that Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to renationalise our energy supplies is nothing more than an ideological crusade that will leave people in Crawley worse off.

“Not only would Corbyn’s Labour stick people with higher energy bills to cover the cost of a politician-run energy system, it would also see people’s taxes go up to cover the cost of buying out these companies in the first place.

“Labour are clinging to undeliverable plans because they know people in Crawley have realised all they have to offer is two more referendums next year and an economic crisis that would take this country back to the 1970s.

“In contrast, my focus is on delivering my plan for Crawley – ensuring even further investment in our local NHS, seeing that Sussex Police gets its share of the 20,000 new police officers being delivered nationally, and getting Brexit done.”


Crawley restaurant, Mio Gusto launches 50% off for residents and front line workers



Whilst COVID-19 still causes disruption across the town, one local restaurant owner has taken the decision to offer residents and front line workers a huge 50% off on their menu.

While the government launched the ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme, the new Mio Gusto was still under renovation which meant potential customers were unable to take advantage of the scheme. Now owner Yashar Koksal, owner of Mio Gusto, has taken the decision to give his customers an even better scheme to promote and offer their whole menu at an even greater discount of 50% off all food (drinks not included).

Crawley Mayor Francis Guidera officially opens Mio Gusto.

The Pizzeria has already gained rave reviews from customers since it was opened by Crawley Mayor Francis Guidera.

Executive Chef Yasar Koksal is working alongside his Head Chef Francesco Furrielo to create the exciting menu.

Head Chef Francesco Furriello preparing some homemade mouth watering Italian pasta.( pappardelle fiiletto di manzo e pecorino cheese , Tagliolini al granchio e pomodorini siciliano)

But Mio Gusto is a much more exciting concept than a traditional Pizzeria. It’s elegant menu has taken customers by storm with dishes you would usually expect to find in a Michelin Star venue.

The relaxed setting of the restaurant based underneath Rhythm Nightclub at 107 High Street, Crawley, has been completely redesigned with an elegant style that, even with the social distancing rules, still makes you feel comfortable and engaged with the ambience.

Mr Koksal said:

“It is vital that we keep our local economy moving and don’t just give up. This is why I am launching this offer to everyone.”

The offer is open to any customers and applies to all their food, starters, mains and deserts.

Mr Koksal said that the offer will be reviewed for residents after two weeks, but will remain in place for all front-line workers till the end of the year.

Mio Gusto is open seven days a week from 12pm to 10pm with last orders at 9.

Sittings are available at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 8pm.

To make a reservation call 01293 514120 or go to

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