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