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

Dame Tessa Jowell proudly holding her Dame Commander insignia

Dame Tessa Jowell proudly holding her Dame Commander insignia

"Her contribution to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is easily defined - without Tessa there would have been no London 2012, and without Tessa they would not have been the success they were".

He said: "Tessa was not just a close friend, she was a life enhancer". We were celebrating having won the Olympic bid when my private secretary received a call from London to be told that there might have been a terrorist attack on the Tube network.

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

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

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower Matthew Pinsent said: "RIP Tessa Jowell - absolutely central to the effort to win and stage the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012".

And other MPs talked about the sadness they felt on hearing of her death.

A family spokesperson said that Dame Tessa died peacefully, and was surrounded by family.

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

"In addition to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in recent months doctors tried innovative new treatments which Tessa gladly embraced, but sadly the tumour recently progressed very quickly", they said in a statement.

The Government has doubled the funding it will commit to tackle brain cancer to mark Dame Tessa Jowell's battle with the illness.

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".

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of the Brain Tumour Charity, said the charity had started working with "wonderful ambassador" Dame Tessa towards the end of past year, and she praised her campaigning for cancer patients.

The Ashton MP Angela Rayner says that she was a highly respected politician and stalwart of the Labour Party over many years.

"It was a hard enough process at the best of times, but that structure she put in place then weathered the financial crisis (of 2008) and then allowed us in the end to still deliver the Olympics on time and under budget".

Dame Tessa, a former social worker, first stood for Parliament in a 1978 by-election in Ilford North on the Essex-London border.

Tessa Jowell once said she'd "jump under a bus" for Tony Blair.

As politicans from accross the polical divide paid tribute, former Labour communcations chief Alastair Cambell revealed on The Andrew Marr Show that one Tory MP was in tears after hearing the news last night.

While politicians of all affiliations offered tributes and praise for Jowell's courage and her championing of programs like Sure Start children's centers as a government minister, it was her work on the Olympics that gave her a profile with the general public.

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