Former Eltham councillor Spencer Drury has been awarded an MBE for political and public service in the 2024 New Year’s Honours List.
Spencer served as Conservative councillor for Eltham North ward for twenty years, being elected to represent the ward at five consecutive elections between 2002 and 2018. He served as Leader of the Opposition at the Town Hall from 2006 to 2015 and was a candidate for Parliament in the borough three times, standing in Eltham in 2005 and 2015 and in Greenwich & Woolwich in 2010.
After receiving the award, Spencer told local news website Greenwich Wire: “I was surprised and delighted to receive the letter telling me I had been awarded this honour. It has been a pleasure to meet and work with some wonderful people and organisations over the years with the shared aim of improving residents’ standard of living in southeast London. I am just very grateful to be recognised in this way.”
Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of the Conservative Opposition on Greenwich Council, said: “All of us who served alongside Spencer and worked with him inside and outside of the Town Hall are thrilled that his many decades of public service in our borough has been recognised with this MBE. For twenty years Spence served residents and businesses in Eltham with hard work and dedication, and served people across the wider borough too by holding the Council to account as Leader of the Opposition. Local residents could not have asked for a better representative on the Council.”
Chris Swift, Chairman of the Greenwich, Eltham and Chislehurst Conservative Federation, said: "In addition to his admirable record of public service as a councillor, Spencer also found time to serve as an officer of our the Greenwich Conservative Federation for many years, and has always made a major contribution to our local Conservative Party organisation. He has always enjoyed campaigning almost as much as his Council work - and out canvassing with him we all saw the happy rapport which he established with every voter. He served them with limitless enthusiasm and generosity. The award is thoroughly deserved."
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