Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit the North East of England today to show the area is not a "desolate" part of the country.
The visit comes after Conservative peer Lord Howell said fracking could take place in the "desolate" North East of England, and then suggested he had actually meant the North West.
Mr Clegg and Energy Secretary Ed Davey will launch a new Government offshore wind farm strategy at Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
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