Prime Minister agrees to talks over Rolle College

PUBLISHED: 12:46 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

GORDON Brown has agreed to meet a local delegation to discuss the future of Rolle College - thanks East Devon MP Hugo Swire.

GORDON Brown has agreed to meet a local delegation to discuss the future of Rolle College - thanks East Devon MP Hugo Swire.

Mr Swire has fought to ensure the campus be retained for educational use, and at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday he asked the Prime Minister to help solve the "logjam".

It follows Mr Swire receiving a letter from Education Minister Bill Rammell - who declined to criticise Plymouth University for selling it off to developers.

Mr Swire said; "Mr Speaker, both our parties voted to support education to 18; for East Devon that will mean having to find approximately 450 extra places by 2015.

"The only obvious site in Exmouth is the recently vacated Owen Building on the Rolle College campus site.

"While the Minister for the South West is broadly supportive of the idea that it should continue for education, the Minister for Higher Education is of the belief that it should be sold to the highest bidder.

"In the interests of joined up Government and if the Prime Minister is genuinely in listening mode will he meet a cross-party delegation from East Devon to break this log jam?"

Prime Minister Gordon Brown agreed he would: "I shall certainly look at the proposals that he is putting forward.

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