Sunday, 4 August 2013

Times letter: Lord Howell's talk of "uninhibited" North East must refer to number of MPs

My letter (£) in The Times on Thursday 1 August.

Sir, As one who had the privilege of studying for my degrees in the North East (at Durham University) I was disappointed to hear the Chancellor’s father-in-law Lord Howell say that the “large and uninhabited and desolate areas” of the North East are ideal for fracking (report, July 31). Perhaps the noble peer was thinking of the number of Tory MPs in the region when he chose those words? There are only two Conservative MPs out of 29 in the region — a figure unlikely to change after these ill-advised comments.
John Slinger 

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