Major praise from AM
FORMER Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major's intervention in the energy bill row has been welcomed by a Swansea-based AM.
Sir John's denunciation of "unacceptable" hikes was seen by some as a gift to Labour leader Ed Miliband, who has called for a freeze on energy prices.
Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black (pictured) said the cricket-loving former PM had done himself credit.
Mr Black, who is also a Swansea councillor, said: "Sir John challenged ministers to levy a windfall tax this winter on energy companies' profits to protect the neediest in society as he warned Conservative chiefs of the electoral dangers of vacating the political centre ground.
"The former Prime Minister urged his party to reconnect with voters in the north of England, where it had been relegated to the political fringe, and to help poor families struggling to make ends meet.
"He predicted the Government would have to step in to prevent families from having to choose between heating and eating if there is a bitterly cold spell.
"The former Prime Minister spoke with the surety of a man who no longer has responsibility for running the country, but did so in a way that set out a sensible middle way that his successor could and should follow."