Chesham and Amersham’s MP, Dame Cheryl Gillan DBE, has sadly passed away at the age of 68 after battling with a long illness.
Dame Cheryl Gillan represented Chesham and Amersham in the House of Commons since 1991 and was also the Secretary of State for Wales between December 2005 and May 2010.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to her on Twitter, saying: “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 sincerely condolences to her family and friends.”
Another Conservative MP, Amanda Milling, announced the sad news on Twitter.
She said: “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.”