Dame Tessa Embraced Everyone After 7/7 Says Mother Of Victim

Tessa Jowell spoke emotionally about her diagnosis
Tessa Jowell spoke emotionally about her diagnosis

14 May, 2018

Her successor in Dulwich, Helen Hayes MP, tweeted: "So very sad at the passing of my friend & predecessor Tessa Jowell who served Dulwich & West Norwood for 23 years".

Prime Minister Theresa May said the dignity and courage with which Dame Tessa had confronted her illness was "humbling" and "inspirational", and her campaigning was a "lasting tribute to a lifetime of public service".

'My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this hard time'.

Along with its commitment to invest £40m in a Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Fund, the government has reconfirmed in its statement tonight that 5-ALA will be given to all patients who could benefit from its use, regardless of where they are treated.

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".

During her time in office, she was in charge of London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics and more recently had campaigned for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS.

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

The couple parted after it was said to be damaging Dame Tessa's career, but they were later reconciled.

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

She had been in a coma until her death on Saturday.

James Brokenshire, who stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary after being diagnosed with lung cancer, said Dame Tessa had "unstinting passion".

Former acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman, who lived in Dame Tessa's constituency and represents neighbouring seat Camberwell and Peckham, celebrated Dame Tessa's politics of "smiling not shouting".

She was pro-European and in favour of a mixed-economy when both were deeply unfashionable on the left.

Some of the biggest names in British sport have remembered Dame Tessa Jowell for her key role in bringing the Olympics to London.

Dame Jowell stepped down in 2015, standing unsuccessfully for the Labour nomination for London Mayor. 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. In 1997, she was one of the 101 female Labour MPs on the benches following the party's landslide victory.

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 won the seat from the Tories at the 1992 general election with a slim majority of just over 2,000 votes.

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