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Tory MP Dame Cheryl Gillan dies aged 68


Tory MP Dame Cheryl Gillan has died aged 68, the Conservative Party has said.

The former Welsh Secretary, who also served as chair of the 1922 Committee, is said to have died over the weekend after suffering an illness “for some time”.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I’m very sad to hear the news of the death of Dame Cheryl Gillan. 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.”



Dame Cheryl announcing the results of the Tory leadership ballot in 2019
Dame Cheryl announcing the results of the Tory leadership ballot in 2019

Tory Chair Amanda Milling added: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce The Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan DBE 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.”





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