Lord Howell's comments are 'ignorant'

Labour peer and former Gateshead MP Baroness Quin says Lord Howell's comments show his 'ignorance' about the North. She'll write to the Tory peer, who's also Chancellor George Osborne's father-in-law, asking him to clarify what he meant by 'uninhabited and desolate' parts of the North East.

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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.