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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.

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Lord Howell's political career

Lord Howell's first job was with HM Treasury from 1959-60 as part of the Treasury Economic Section.

In 1966 he won the seat of Guildford, representing the Surrey county town until 1997, when he was made a life peer.

Lord Howell was Secretary of State for Energy, and later for Transport in Margaret Thatcher's first Cabinet (1979-83). He was chairman of the International Energy Agency ministerial meeting in May 1979.

  • From May 2010 to Sept 2012, Lord Howell was appointed Minister of State at the FCO, with responsibility for international energy policy.
  • After stepping down he was appointed as personal adviser to Foreign Secretary William Hague on energy and resource security.
  • He is also Chairman of the British Institute of Energy Economics, which counts Shell and BP among its members.
  • Lord Howell is married with two daughters and one son. One of his daughters, Frances, is married to George Osborne, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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