Britain's 'Olympic Games' minister Jowell dies at 70

May 14, 2018, 05:12
Britain's 'Olympic Games' minister Jowell dies at 70

Chairman of the British Olympic Association Hugh Robertson explained that not only was Dame Tessa pivotal in bringing the Games to London, she was determined that it should be a force for regeneration in some of London's most deprived areas.

She went on to stand in the 1978 by-election and 1979 general in Ilford North, but lost both times to the Conservatives.

"My aim is to boost research into treatments - even cures - for brain cancer and transform care for patients in the way that Tessa called for", he said.

The former Prime Minister said Jowell had convinced him to bid for the Games, telling him: "This is a country that should always have the highest ambition".

It also said that a key diagnosis test used in half of England's brain cancer centres will be made available nationally.

Four-time gold medal winning rower Sir Matthew Pinsent also paid tribute to Dame Tessa's determination to bring the Olympic Games to London.

Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, former Labour director of communications and godfather to Dame Tessa's children Alastair Campbell said: "She really is the best of politics, the best of humanity, and as Tony Blair said this morning, there really aren't many like her".

Dame Tessa was employment minister and minister for women, before joining the cabinet as culture secretary in 2001, during which she helped bring the Olympic Games to London.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised her "huge achievements" and her "strength in raising awareness of her illness".

A family spokesman said: 'It is with great sadness, and an enormous sense of loss, that we announce the death of Tessa Jowell.

James Brokenshire, who stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary after being diagnosed with lung cancer, said Dame Tessa had "unstinting passion". She was one of just a few politicians to serve as a Cabinet member for the full terms of Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. However, her loyalty to New Labour was more than simply tactical or careerist.

Dame Jowell stepped down in 2015, standing unsuccessfully for the Labour nomination for London Mayor.

As the video closed, Sue Perkins took a moment to pay tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell, who died earlier today. 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.

Jowell joined the government as a minister in the Department for Health after Blair's Labour Party won the 1997 election by a landslide.

In the last nine months of her life, Baroness Jowell used her voice on behalf of our entire community.

Dame Tessa, who was the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood from 1992 to 2015, held government ministerial positions including Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for the Olympics.

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