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Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP has sadly died

6 April 2021

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On 5 April it was announced that Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP had sadly passed away following a long illness.

Paying tribute, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:  

“Dame Cheryl Gillan was one of the most popular, friendly and kindly people in the House of Commons, so her passing leaves a big hole in all our lives.  

“She was someone who drew people to her because of her warm, sunny disposition and good sense of humour.  

“An assiduous attendee of debates, Dame Cheryl never passed up an opportunity to speak against the proposed high speed rail link HS2. She will be sorely missed.”

Elected for the first time as a Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham in 1992, Dame Cheryl held several Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial posts during her career and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales from 2010 to 2012. 

She was also a member of several Committees, including most recently the Public Accounts Committee. 

The impact of Dame Cheryl’s passing will be felt across the House and in her constituency, particularly by those who worked closely with her.  The New Palace Yard flags have been lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.