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@itvtynetees The North East is a great place to live we have so much to offer and it's definitely not desolate by any means !

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@itvtynetees Howell should visit 'desolate' North East. Comments like this only further N/S divide #poshbutprimitive #lordhowell #foolish

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@itvtynetees The Tyne Valley is such a pretty area on the rail line between Carlisle and Newcastle. Howell should see for himself. #prettyNE

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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.