Council leader awarded OBE for service to the community
PUBLISHED: 13:22 15 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:22 15 June 2015
First time in Bexley’s history that honour is awarded to sitting councillor
The woman in charge of the borough of Bexley has been awarded the OBE for her service to the community and local government.
Cllr Teresa O’Neill, the leader of Bexley Council, was rewarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last week.
It is the first time in the history of the borough that an honour has been bestowed on a sitting councillor.
Cllr O’Neill is the vice-chairwoman and Conservative group leader on London Councils – the London branch of the Local Government Association - and an unpaid advisor to the Mayor of London.
“I am delighted,” she said.
“It is a great privilege to receive such an honour, particularly because raising Bexley’s profile and making sure we have our say on the London-wide issues that affect the borough is one of my priorities.”
Cllr O’Neill has been a Bexley councillor since 1998 and represents Brampton ward in Bexleyheath.
She became deputy leader in 2006 and leader in 2008. She has lived in the borough for 18 years.
She is also a member of the London Health Board, the Outer London Commission and the Local Government Association’s improvement board.