Long-standing volunteer made Conservative peer
Chalfont St Giles villager to take her place in House of Lords
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.
FORMER DISTRICT COUNCILLOR: