A Bucks MP who died over the Easter weekend following a long illness has been laid to rest.

The funeral of Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, took place yesterday (April 27) in Derbyshire, Chesham and Amersham Conservatives confirmed.

They tweeted yesterday evening: “Today the funeral of Dame Cheryl Gillan took place in Derbyshire.

“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”.

“May Dame Cheryl rest in peace.”

Dame Cheryl sadly died on April 5 after a long illness, with tributes flooding in for the 68-year-old MP who became the first female Secretary of State for Wales in 2010 and served her constituency of Chesham and Amersham for almost 30 years.


She was also responsible for introducing the landmark Autism Act 11 years ago, and in January called for better help for people with autism suffering domestic abuse during lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson retweeted Chesham and Amersham Conservatives’ tweet, adding: “Dame Cheryl Gillan was a great servant to the people of Chesham & Amersham.

“She made a huge contribution to our party and country, and we will sorely miss her.

“My thoughts are with her family and friends.”