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Horsham’s Tracey Allen thrilled to be awarded MBE

Martin Read – Reporter

Hats off to Horsham lady Tracey Allen, awarded a prestigious and much valued MBE in the recently announced New Years Honours list. Business woman Tracey was educated at Horsham High School for Girls – now Tanbridge House – and served under leaders John Smith, Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair at Labour Party HQ. Then, after pursuing other avenues, she returned to the Westminster environment to work for General Secretary Iain McNicol, now Lord McNicol of West Kilbride, politics being very much the business of the household, Tracey’s husband Phil subsequently becoming an MP and rising to Minister of State.                     Tracey cut her teeth beavering away on the development of Covent Garden Market, and after her talents and promise were spotted by her boss, she was encouraged to enrol at college, where she sailed through with a business degree. The MBE award cited both Tracey’s services to politics and her charity projects, Tracey telling the District Post: “I am so proud to have received this acknowledgement of my work and volunteering for the Labour Party and will be more than thrilled if I am lucky enough to be presented to the Queen again – I was very fortunate to meet her majesty at the opening of the Jubilee Market in Covent Garden in 1987, an event I organised, and I always wondered if she might remember me!”

And, understandably, Tracey’s achievement has created enormous excitement in the family – especially for parents Phillip and Shirley, long term Horsham residents, Phillip, former Horsham Rugby Club Captain, saying: “Tracey works so hard, so it is wonderful that all of her efforts have been recognised, but the award came as a shock out of the blue and she was sworn to secrecy! We’re now looking forward to learning the date of the investiture – what a day that will be for the family!”

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