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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