Tory energy bill cap dents company share prices

Shares in British Gas owner Centrica and SSE fall after Conservatives unveil general election pledge to rein in standard variable tariffs

Share prices for two of Britain’s biggest energy companies have fallen in the wake of the Conservative party’s pledge to cap energy bills.

Shares in British Gas owner Centrica, the UK’s largest energy supplier, fell 4.2%, while SSE shares fell 3.2%. The pair’s share prices had dipped by similar amounts after Ed Miliband promised an energy price freeze in 2013.

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