The Treasury's flagship economic campus in Darlington will not be affected by the recent parliamentary shake-up after the former chancellor Rishi Sunak resigned.  

The government confirmed its project in the town will continue, saying it forms “a key part” of its future operations.

The news comes as Rishi Sunak stepped down from the role on Tuesday, in the aftermath of the row surrounding the Prime Minister’s former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.

In Mr Sunak’s resignation letter, he said he could not agree an economic strategy with Boris Johnson because their stances are “fundamentally too different”.

The Richmond MP spearheaded the department’s move to Darlington and was regularly seen around the town while working out of offices at Bishopsgate House.

And Darlington’s Conservative MP Peter Gibson paid tribute to the former chancellor for his role in improving the town.

“I am proud to represent Darlington where your lasting legacy, in the form of the Darlington Economic Campus will continue to ensure that local people can stay local and go far, well into the future,” he said in a letter to the Richmond MP.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chancellor Rishi Sunak working at the new Darlington Economic Campus building at Bishopsgate HouseChancellor Rishi Sunak working at the new Darlington Economic Campus building at Bishopsgate House

Mr Gibson also sought reassurance from the new chancellor Nadhim Zahawi that the facility would remain.

He said: “On behalf of the people of Darlington I want to know that I under your stewardship of the economy in the role of the Chancellor that this commitment to Darlington, and the Darlington Economic Campus will continue.

A spokesperson for the Treasury added: “The Darlington campus is a key part of the Government’s plans to diversify our policy-making, broaden access to skills and talent and level up opportunities across the UK.

“Our economic campus is part of a drive to have more than 1,100 new roles based there by 2025 as we continue to deliver our promise to level up.”

The Treasury recently reached a third of its target to have up to 300 Treasury roles based at the new cross-Government hub, as part of a drive to have more than 1,100 new roles based there by 2025. The majority of staff have been recruited directly to the campus and the remainder are existing staff who have also chosen to relocate from London.

It comes just a year after the Chancellor announced Darlington would be the home for the Campus, which will have more than 1,100 new roles based there by 2025.

Darlington and Stockton Times: The preferred location is on a former car park a few minutes from the centre of the townThe preferred location is on a former car park a few minutes from the centre of the town

Alongside the Treasury, it will house teams from the Department for International Trade, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Office for National Statistics and the Competition and Markets Authority. They will be working alongside the Department for Education who already have a base in Darlington. 

Staff are currently using Bishopsgate House as an interim office and will move into a longer-term temporary office in Feethams House later this year ahead of the new permanent site being ready.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rishi Sunak MP for Richmond and Peter Gibson MP for DarlingtonRishi Sunak MP for Richmond and Peter Gibson MP for Darlington