Tory and NE peer Lord Bates says he's sure Lord Howell made a slip of the tongue and meant 'delightful' not 'desolate' in ref to North East!
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.