Long-stand­ing vol­un­teer made Con­ser­va­tive peer

Chal­font St Giles vil­lager to take her place in House of Lords

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Emma Pid­ding from Chal­font St Giles is now a peer af­ter 30 years of in­volve­ment within the Con­ser­va­tive Party A SE­NIOR Con­ser­va­tive Party ac­tivist and Chal­font St Giles vil­lager has been ap­pointed to the House of Lords.

Emma Pid­ding CBE has over 30 years of in­volve­ment as a vol­un­teer within the party, is a past chair­man of the Cheshem and Amer­sham Con­ser­va­tive As­so­ci­a­tion and a for­mer dis­trict coun­cil­lor.

The part­ner of county coun­cil­lor Tim Butcher, in July she re­tired as Chair­man of the Na­tional Con­ser­va­tive Con­ven­tion and Deputy Chair­man of the Con­ser­va­tive Party Board, a po­si­tion which made her the most se­nior vol­un­teer in the coun­try.

Elected to this role in March 2012 by fel­low vol­un­teers, she rep­re­sented the voice of the mem­ber­ship and ac­tivists to the Party Lead­er­ship.

Over the last three years, her key re­spon­si­bil­ity has been to mo­ti­vate and mo­bilise the Party’s vol­un­tary task force cam­paign­ing in crit­i­cal mar­ginal seats in the lead up to the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

She said: “I am greatly hon­oured to be nom­i­nated by the Prime Min­is­ter to be­come a Con­ser­va­tive peer and very much look for­ward to this new and ex­cit­ing chap­ter in my life.

“I will work dili­gently to sup­port the gov­ern­ment in the House of Lords. My ap­point­ment will al­low me to con­tinue to serve the Party, al­beit in a dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity to any­thing that I have done be­fore.

“I re­main pas­sion­ate about the work that I have done as a vol­un­teer for so many years for the Con­ser­va­tive Party.

“My vol­un­teer col­leagues and I work tire­lessly cam­paign­ing around the coun­try. We are out on the doorsteps day in, day out, rain or shine. The re­sult at the Gen­eral Elec­tion is a credit to the amaz­ing work of our foot sol­diers.”

A res­i­dent in the Che­sham and Amer­sham con­stituency since 1977, she was ed­u­cated lo­cally at the Bru­denell Sec­ondary School for Girls, now the Amer­sham School, and at Dr Chal­loner’s High School.

She worked in the lo­cal Lloyds Bank in Amer­sham be­fore mov­ing to Lloyds Pri­vate Bank­ing, fol­lowed by seven years work­ing for an IT com­pany in Che­sham.


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