Party volunteer awarded British Empire Medal for parliamentary and political services

Sir Henry with BEM recipients Roberta Sharpe, Jennie Ferrigno, Jean Peasley, Philip Smith, and Elizabeth Pooley
Sir Henry with BEM recipients Roberta Sharpe, Jennie Ferrigno, Jean Peasley, Philip Smith, and Elizabeth Pooley

A Conservative Party stalwart is among a number of people in Buckinghamshire honoured by the Queen with the British Empire Medal.

Elizabeth Pooley, from Chesham, was awarded the BEM for voluntary political service in Chesham and Amersham.

She was presented with her medal for parliamentary and political services at a ceremony held at Stowe School on Wednesday, October 28, by Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.

The citation said: “Miss Pooley has held every officer position within the Chesham and Amersham Conservative Association since she joined the party in 1993.

“Her work started in the local branch association where she soon became chairman. Her extraordinary ability was recognised and she was elected chairman of the Chesham and Amersham Conservative Association serving until 2007.

“Heavily involved in the campaign for the 2005 General Election, she was of huge assistance to The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP who was returned to parliament with an increased majority. Elizabeth was subsequently made a vice president of the association, a position which she still holds today.

“In addition, she served as treasurer from 2009 to 2011, and made significant contributions to the fundraising effort.

“Elizabeth’s consistent hard work has been vital to the ongoing work in the association. Members of the association constantly testify to Elizabeth’s dedication and diligence.”