North West politicians pay tribute to Tessa Jowell

North West politicians pay tribute to Tessa Jowell

Labour peer and former cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell has died aged 70 after being diagnosed with brain cancer previous year.

Jowell, who played a prominent role in securing the 2012 Olympics for London when she served as United Kingdom culture secretary, had been campaigning for more cancer treatments to be made available on the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) since she was diagnosed past year.

Dame Tessa Jowell will be remembered as one of the main political architects of the hugely successful 2012 London Olympics, which captured the public imagination like little else in recent history.

Jowell, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year ago, remained a member of the House of Lords and used the platform to call for improved information-sharing and better access to medical care.

Hunt said he had been "moved by her bravery and selfless campaigning in her final months, and determined to honour her life and memory with the action on brain cancer that she fought so hard for".

She died peacefully at the family home near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire shortly after 22:00 BST on Saturday, the statement said.

Unveiling the Mission, May said: "Baroness Tessa Jowell faced her illness with dignity and courage - and it was a privilege to host her in Downing Street recently to discuss what more we can do to tackle brain cancer".

Ashford MP Damian Green told Kent Online: "Tessa Jowell was one of the few politicians who had respect, admiration and friendship from all sides in the House of Commons".

She earned a minute-long standing ovation in the House of Lords in January for speaking about the issue.

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Footballer David Beckham, who was an ambassador during the Olympic bid, posted on Instagram that "amazing woman" Dame Tessa "will be missed by so many". I was in Singapore.

Tessa Jowell once said she'd "jump under a bus" for Tony Blair. The 23-year-old had expected to lose in the new Swiss Cottage ward, but unexpectedly topped the ballot and at just 25, she became Camden's Chair of Social Services.

She later said she often thought about July 7, but particularly during the two-minute silence at the London Games' Opening Ceremonies.

"So it was a deeply civilized thing that we did in those marvelous two weeks in the summer of 2012".

"We send our honest condolences to her family - and I hope that the actions we are taking now and in the future to improve care and research for those confronting a bad disease will form part of the lasting legacy of an inspirational woman".

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Jowell is survived by her husband, David Mills, and their children Jessie and Matthew.

A small private funeral will be held in the coming days with a memorial service open to all at a later date.