Tessa Jowell, former Labour cabinet minister, dies aged 70

  • Tessa Jowell, former Labour cabinet minister, dies aged 70

Tessa Jowell, former Labour cabinet minister, dies aged 70

No 10 announced it would fulfil two key campaign aims of the late former Labour cabinet minister, including a national rollout of a brain cancer diagnosis test, gold standard dye, used to identify tumours. She had a wide range of loyal friends, and partly as a effect, one of the most impressive contacts lists in Whitehall. "New adaptive trials can test many treatments at the same time", she said. Her speech on the subject in the House of Lords earned her a spontaneous standing ovation.

He said: "Tessa was not just a close friend, she was a life enhancer". She was the first senior politician fully to understand the importance of public health and to shift health policy towards prevention of illness and not only cure.

The dignity and courage with which Dame Tessa Jowell confronted her illness was inspirational.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair asked Jowell to coordinate the government's support for survivors and the bereaved.

His successor David Cameron said he was "devastated" to hear of the death of the "dedicated and passionate campaigner" and "wonderful human being". She was diagnosed with brain cancer last May, and subsequently campaigned for cancer research.

"My thoughts are with her family".

He said: 'Tessa Jowell was an inspirational woman and committed parliamentarian.

Her career was not without controversy.

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".

Tessa Palmer got married in 1970 to fellow councillor Roger Jowell, a social statistician, but she left him for another council colleague, the lawyer David Mills.

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

"She corralled government behind an east of London bid, she had to do that to get the support of the Mayor (of London), but actually the success of London in terms of regenerating Stratford directly comes from that decision".

Coe, who is now President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, said London 2012 would not have happened without Dame Tessa. "We will all miss her". She was probably only half-joking. I will remember her warmth, her passion, her goodness her decency.

Dame Tessa will be remembered at Westminster as someone who managed to be ideologically committed to her cause without overt sectarian bitterness.

"She was an inspiration to work with, and a joy to be near". In 1997, she was one of the 101 female Labour MPs on the benches following the party's landslide victory.

Although her tenure as culture minister ended in 2007 under Gordon Brown, Ms Jowell held onto her Olympics portfolio and was made minister for London (Brown later returned her to Cabinet as minister for the Cabinet Office).

Raymond Simonson, CEO of JW3, also tweeted his tribute, saying: "Very sad to read that Tessa Jowell has died".

Having previously been honoured with a damehood, she was appointed to the Lords and became Baroness Jowell of Brixton.