Dame Cheryl Gillan death: Boris Johnson pays tribute to ‘much loved’ MP

Boris Johnson led the tributes to Dame Cheryl Gillan as a “great servant to the country” after her death this weekend following a long illness.

The prime minister said the 68 year-old Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham was “much loved” and would be “sorely missed.”

“I’m very sad to hear the news of the death of Dame Cheryl Gillan,” said Mr Johnson.

“She was a great servant to the people of Chesham and Amersham, to the Conservative Party and to the country as secretary of state for Wales.

“Always full of wise advice and good humour, she was much loved on all sides of the House of Commons and will be sorely missed.

“My sincere condolences to her family and friends.”

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The former marketing executive was elected to the constituency in Buckinghamshire in 1992 and served as secretary of state for Wales under David Cameron between 2010 and 2012..

She later presided over the Tory leadership contest to succeed Theresa May in 2019 while serving as joint chair of the 1922 Committee and was a noted campaigner against the HS2 rail project.

Fellow Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, said that Gillan had been a “great source of strength” as they went through chemotherapy together.

She added: “When she told me she was dying I told her all the nice things I would say so she knew she was an incredibly inspirational woman in politics who fought for the things she believed in.

“She was always kind and helpful to us newbies. She had oodles of wisdom from her years as an MP which she shared willingly. I shall miss her greatly.”

Amanda Milling MP, co-chairman of the Conservative Party, said: “It was incredibly sad to hear that Dame Cheryl Gillan MP passed away at the weekend.

“Cheryl had been ill for some time, but battled her illness with great stoicism and grace.

“Cheryl was a dedicated parliamentarian for many decades, serving in the Cabinet and she made a huge contribution to public life and our party. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl’s family and friends.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel described it as “the saddest news” and said: “A remarkable parliamentarian and pioneer for many women in Westminster. A dear and compassionate friend and colleague who was much loved by us all.”

Trade secretary Liz Truss tweeted: “Very sorry to hear the sad news about Dame Cheryl Gillan. She was a brilliant parliamentarian, a kind colleague and great fun. We will miss her.”

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