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Dame Cheryl Gillan

Official portrait of Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP crop 2.jpg
Official portrait, 2020
Chairman of the 1922 Committee
Acting
24 May – 3 September 2019
Serving with Charles Walker
Leader
Preceded by Graham Brady
Succeeded by Graham Brady
Secretary of State for Wales
In office
12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Peter Hain
Succeeded by David Jones
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
8 December 2005 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Bill Wiggin
Succeeded by Peter Hain
Member of Parliament
for Chesham and Amersham
In office
9 April 1992 – 4 April 2021
Preceded by Ian Gilmour
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born (1952-04-21)21 April 1952
Cardiff, Wales
Died 4 April 2021(2021-04-04) (aged 68)
Epsom, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
Jack Leeming
(m. 1985; died 2019)
Education Cheltenham Ladies' College
Alma mater College of Law

Dame Cheryl Elise Kendall Gillan DBE MP (21 April 1952 – 4 April 2021) was a British politician. She was the Secretary of State for Wales from 2010 to 2012. She was a Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for the Chesham and Amersham constituency in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1992 to 2021. Gillan was born in Cardiff, Wales.

She was first elected in the 1992 general election and became the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales in 2005. When the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was formed on 11 May 2010, she became the Secretary of State for Wales. She was dismissed from this post in a cabinet reshuffle in 2012.

She was the Chair of the 1922 committee from May until September 2019. This is the powerful committee of backbench Conservative MPs in the House of Commons.

Gillan died on 4 April 2021 in Epsom, England from a long-illness at the age of 68.

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