Dame Cheryl Gillan dead: Former Tory MP dies aged 68 as Boris Johnson pays tribute

Dame Cheryl Gillan dies ages 68 following long illness

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The Prime Minister said the former cabinet minister, who had been an MP since 1992, would be “sorely missed” and described her as a “great servant”. Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Conservative MP and former health secretary Jeremy Hunt also tweeted: “So sad to hear we have lost (Cheryl Gillan) one of the warmest and most generous hearted people in the House of Commons.

“She was a formidable campaigner for autistic people but also the definition of British stoical good humour – an enormous credit to her party and to Parliament.”

Amanda Milling MP, co-chairman of the Conservative Party, added: “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.”

Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, tweeted: “I’m heartbroken to hear the desperately sad news that my colleague Cheryl Gillan has passed away.

“She had been a great source of strength as we went through chemo together.

“When she told me she was dying I told her all the nice things I would say so she knew she was an incredibly inspirational woman in politics who fought for the things she believed in.

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“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.”

Trade Secretary and Conservative MP 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. All my thoughts with her family and loved ones.”

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