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Council leader made an OBE at Buckingham Palace

PUBLISHED: 15:52 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 November 2015

Teresa O'Neill

Teresa O'Neill

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Teresa O'Neill received the award on Thursday

Bexley council leader Teresa O’Neill yesterday (Thursday) was made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).

Cllr O’Neill was given the honour by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

It is the first time in borough’s history that an honour has been bestowed on councillor currently sitting in the council.

Cllr O’Neill said: “I feel very proud to have been recognised in this way and to have shared what was a very special day with some of the close family, friends and colleagues whose help and support is so important to me.

“Bexley is a wonderful place to live and I consider it a privilege to represents its residents on the Council and in my work across London.”

She was awarded the OBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community and local government in London.

In addition to her leadership role at Bexley, Cllr O’Neill works as an unpaid advisor to the Mayor of London and serves on several boards and commissions in London.

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