Jenny attends ceremony to unveil new DfE site.
Jenny Chapman MP attended the official opening ceremony of the new Department for Education site last Thursday.
The opening of the £8m building comes at the end of a long campaign to keep more than 400 DfE jobs in Darlington after it was announced in 2012 that the former site, Mowden Hall, was to be closed and the Department would be moved.
At the ceremony, Jenny said, "Our mission was really to keep the jobs in Darlington, but to have them in the town centre is an added bonus.
“I think without a doubt it will be a boost to the town centre; a lot of people will be coming here every day and it is very easy for them to make use of the town centre shops and facilities in a way that they haven’t been able to at Mowden Hall.”
She added, “Everybody involved has worked together brilliantly and I think that is what I learned from it all – whatever differences you have got can be put to one side and this is what can be achieved.”