“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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