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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.

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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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