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Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price tells of Queen’s visit to Tilbury during tribute in the Commons

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price spoke in the House of Commons today (Saturday, 10 September) of the Queen’s visit to Tilbury in the wake of the great floods of 1953.

Ms Doyle Price was one of many MPs who spoke in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

She told colleagues in Parliament: “It is a great honour to speak on behalf of the people of Thurrock in my tribute to our already much-missed Queen Elizabeth II.

“It has been moving and comforting to listen to the tributes here in Westminster and in the media.

“This is an amazing nation, and Queen Elizabeth epitomised the best of it. In what we have heard in the Chamber over the past two days, we have been reminded of just how important a position the monarchy has in our system of government, and how intricately involved she was in all our affairs of state. She applied herself to that work with such dedication.

“Her weekly audiences with the Prime Minister were not just a formality; they were an important part of how Prime Ministers are held to account on behalf of her subjects, and of course an opportunity for them to access her great wisdom. I very much enjoyed hearing the accounts of former Prime Ministers yesterday.

“I had the good fortune of meeting the Queen when she visited Parliament 10 years ago. Unsurprisingly, I never tire of talking about Tilbury, as many Members know, and I am afraid that Queen Elizabeth also had that enjoyment.

“The one thing that everyone knows about Tilbury is that Queen Elizabeth I made her famous speech there. Well, Queen Elizabeth II also has an association with Tilbury.


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