Northern papers' fury over peer's fracking comments

Two newspapers in the north have reacted angrily to the news that a Conservative peer said that countryside in the south should be sparred fracking in favour of areas in the "desolate" north.

'Fracked off' the front page of tomorrow's Northern Echo.
'Fracked off' the front page of tomorrow's Northern Echo. Credit: Northern Echo

The Northern Echo said it "welcomes his lordship's embarrassing, belated and entirely necessary climbdown from his lofty position of ignorance and prejudice."

'What on earth is your father-n-law talking about George?' The Journal's front page.
'What on earth is your father-n-law talking about George?' The Journal's front page. Credit: The Journal

The Journal linked Lord Howell to his son-in-law the Chancellor George Osborne.

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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.