Clegg to visit the North East

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit the North East of England today in a bid to show the area is not a "desolate" part of the country. Mr Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davey will launch a new Government offshore wind farm strategy

Clegg urges action on green energy ahead of visit

Nick Clegg said Britain must "put the foot down on the accelerator" in developing renewable energy as he prepared to launch a new Government strategy for offshore wind power.

The strategy, to be unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Secretary Ed Davey in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, later today will set out plans to help make Britain "the most cutting-edge green economy in the world".

A general view of the Inner Dowsing offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
A general view of the Inner Dowsing offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mr Clegg said yesterday that the sector "has the potential to create 30,000 jobs and contribute a further £7 billion to the economy by the end of this decade".

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Clegg visits North East after peer's 'desolate' remarks

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit the North East of England today to show the area is not a "desolate" part of the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit the North East of England. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The visit comes after Conservative peer Lord Howell said fracking could take place in the "desolate" North East of England, and then suggested he had actually meant the North West.

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Mr Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davey will launch a new Government offshore wind farm strategy at Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

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