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MP welcomes progress of Government Review on Newton Rigg

Dr Neil Hudson MP

The Strategic Review into Newton Rigg College in Penrith is progressing into the evaluation of preliminary expressions of interest from potential bidders.

The local MP for Penrith and The Border, Dr Neil Hudson, is leading a campaign to save Newton Rigg and through his extensive lobbying of Government has been able to trigger a Further Education Commissioner-led Strategic Review of the College.

Dr Hudson commented: “We are now at an exciting stage of the Government-led Strategic Review to evaluate proposals from interested parties who are coming forward with innovative plans to take over Newton Rigg.

“The deadline for initial expressions has just passed and now the Review will be evaluating those bids in order to invite a shortlist into the next stage of full proposals.

“I encourage staff, students and other Newton Rigg stakeholders that our campaign and work to save Newton Rigg very much continues. Newton Rigg is very much open for business this upcoming academic year. The fantastic results just announced from this year’s students really emphasise the case for Newton Rigg College to continue into its next chapter of providing first class education for students and supporting our rural sector.”

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