Peer: Frack in 'desolate' North

George Osborne's father-in-law has told shocked peers that fracking should be carried out in the North East of England where there are "large, uninhabited and desolate areas." Lord Howell was energy secretary under Margaret Thatcher.

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Fracking comments 'not only ridiculous but offensive'

Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, has branded Lord Howell's comments "ridiculous and offensive" and said the Conservative peer had fundamentally misunderstood the region:

Lord Howell's comments in relation to the North East demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of the region, with two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as a national park.

The region is far from desolate as Lord Howell suggests, making his comments not only ridiculous but quite frankly offensive.

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