Ed Miliband and Franny Armstrong's visit to NES

Ed Miliband at National Energy ServicesThis afternoon NES hosted an event with energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband and Age of Stupid director Franny Armstrong.

This was one of a series of roadshow events across battleground seats in the south of England. Ed and Franny had already visited Swindon and Oxford before coming to the National Energy Centre, before heading off to Bedford later in the early evening.

The extremely tight schedule of the day, coupled with bank holiday traffic, meant that Ed and Franny were running slightly late and had to forego the presentation part of their visit. Fortunately, this meant we could jump right into the question and answer session that we were all looking forward to so much. 

Ed Miliband talks about energy efficiency at the National Energy CentreFirst, we heard from Phyllis Starkey and Andrew Pakes, two Labour parliamentary candidates for the two areas of Milton Keynes. Phyllis' background in the CLG select committee enabled us to dig a little deeper into some of the pertinent issues around our industry and associated areas, including Part L of the Building Regulations and the regulation of utility companies.

The event didn't disappoint, with Ed fielding questions ranging from climate, energy and housing-focused issues to broader consideration of sustainability and other parts of Labour's policy commitments.

We'll have a full round up of the event on the Insights blog next week, along with some video and photos.