An MP for The Chalfonts who died over the Easter weekend after battling a long illness has been laid to rest.
The funeral of Dame Cheryl Gillan took place on Tuesday April 27 at All Saints’ Church, Curbar, in Derbyshire.
Immediate family members and close friends attended the service, whilst others were able to take part via the live streaming of the funeral ceremony.
Chesham & Amersham Conservatives took to Twitter and said: “Our President, Baroness Pidding, spoke on behalf of our Association at the service, describing Dame Cheryl as “a bright, shining star and an inspirational part of our lives.”
A statement from Baroness Pidding read: “Cheryl bore her illness with great courage, and throughout her illness continued to serve our constituency with her usual tenacity, diligence, and pride.
“This dedication as a Member of Parliament continued right up to her final days, overseeing the safe passage of a Private Members Bill though the Commons only a few weeks ago.
“I had the privilege of knowing Cheryl since she was first selected for the constituency of Chesham & Amersham ahead of the 1992 General Election. She was a dear friend and mentor to me.
“Cheryl’s obvious talents were well recognised throughout Westminster and beyond. She shone as a bright star, having been appointed to her first of many Government positions in 1995, culminating as Secretary of State for Wales (her place of birth) in 2010.
“Her standing amongst Conservative colleagues was reflected in her successful election as Vice Chairman of the prestigious 1922 Committee.”
Dame Gillan was also a campaigner for many causes, most notably fighting the detrimental impact of HS2 and being a champion on all matters relating to autism.
In 2018, in recognition of Cheryl’s accomplishments she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire.