STATEMENT BY THERESA VILLIERS EXPRESSING HER SADNESS AT THE RECENT LOSS OF BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON

Theresa Villiers has published the following statement responding to the sad news that Doreen Miller died on Saturday.

"I was very sad to hear that a such a dear friend had passed away this weekend. Doreen worked tirelessly for the Conservative Party in London for so many years as well as supporting many other good causes. She was a hugely influential figure in Barnet and London politics, providing outstanding leadership for the Conservatives over many years. She will be much missed.

Doreen was also highly effective in encouraging women to get involved in politics and supporting their careers. I always received wise advice and brilliant support from Doreen. Without her help and encouragement, I doubt I would ever have been elected as an MEP or MP. Doreen chaired the MEP selection meeting which gave me my first lucky break in politics in 1998 and she did so with great common sense and fairness. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude.

I would like to send her family and friends my sincerest sympathy and condolences at this very difficult time.”