Tensions are already running high in Brighton as energy companies get ready to take on Ed Miliband's price freeze - and the Labour leader may be more vulnerable than he realises.
This fight, which is set to continue up to the next general election and beyond, began almost as soon as the applause for Ed Miliband's conference speech had died down.
The energy companies are not just unhappy. They are fuming. Labour's plan to freeze retail energy prices from May 2015 to January 2017 has left them simmering with rage.
At first glance the row is about the biggest cliché in the energy world - whether or not the lights will go out.
The energy firms say the risk of a return to the power cuts of the 1970s would be plausible if the world energy market experiences "in-year market volatility". It happened in 2008, they point out. And it will, surely, happen again.
Here's the verdict from Ian Peters, an exec at British Gas: "If we have no ability to control what we can do with the retail prices andRead More »from Will Labour’s energy price freeze win votes – or lose them?