Lord Howell causes #desolate to trend on Twitter

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If they expect those of us in the #desolate north east to be insulted and put upon, they’ve got a fight on their hands!

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'The North East is beautiful and the best place to live'. Usually tweeted from an Islington bistro by a Labour party pole climber. #desolate

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Desolate NE fine for fracking

Fracking should be carried out in the North East of England where there are "large, desolate areas", says former energy secretary Lord Howell of Guildford.