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@itvtynetees just show what southern based tories who don't leave their area think of us flat capped whippet breeders. Absolute idiot.

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@itvtynetees He's prob used to posh snobbery, anywhere would be desolate to him. Anywhere has it's faults, most people see the good in it

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@tetleystea @itvtynetees I totally agree, in fact my wife & I are planning to move to the northeast from Jersey CI as soon as house sells.

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"Doddery" lords going "gaga" should retire, says MP

Ronnie Campbell MP
Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell Credit: John Stilwell/Press Association Images

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at comments by Lord Howell that parts of the North East are "desolate" and a perfect area for fracking for underground gas.

He said Lord Howell showed why "doddery lords who are going gaga should retire, and the sooner the better."

Fracking row could help region says tourism chief

The row over a comment from a Conservative peer that parts of the North East are "desolate" could actually help the region. That's the opinion of one of the people whose job is to attract visitors to Northumberland.

Northumberland Tourism Development Manager Jude Leitch said she wanted to thank Lord Howell for his comment, in a debate over fracking, because of the opportunity it had given people to sing the praises of the region.

Fracking row: Nick Clegg defends North East

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended the North East after senior Conservative Peer Lord Howell said parts of the region were "desolate" and good areas for fracking for underground gas.

Mr Clegg said the North East could become a national hub for excellence in the new green economy. He said the region has some "profound economic and social challenges" but has huge promise as well, which had been recognised by investors like Nissan

Fracking: What the papers are saying

Front pages feature fracking Credit: ITV

The Journal - George Osborne’s father-in-law Lord Howell made a public apology after having described the North East as “desolate” and “uninhabited”.

The Northern Echo - This paper is asking readers to prove Lord Howell wrong by sending in shots of North East beauty spots.

The Telegraph - The 'desolate' North might actually be the best place to introduce fracking, since it would bring about a return to prosperity.

The Guardian - Remarks by Lord Howell, former adviser to William Hague and George Osborne's father-in-law, blasted by environmentalists.

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@itvtynetees The North East is a great place to live we have so much to offer and it's definitely not desolate by any means !

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@itvtynetees Howell should visit 'desolate' North East. Comments like this only further N/S divide #poshbutprimitive #lordhowell #foolish

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@itvtynetees The Tyne Valley is such a pretty area on the rail line between Carlisle and Newcastle. Howell should see for himself. #prettyNE

Your tweets on 'desolate' NE

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@itvtynetees And the Tories wonder why they don't get many seats in the NE !! Lord Howell has put their party back to the dark days !!!!

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@itvtynetees There will be fracking friendly areas across the country. Sheer arrogance from a position of privilege to single out the NE.

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@itvtynetees and our region is absolutely beautiful. I love it. We should defend it. I could get militant on this!

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