BOA pays tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell

Ken Livingstone Dame Tessa Jowell and Lord Coe

As Culture Secretary, she convinced Blair to push for the Olympic games, which proved a person triumph for her when the bid for the 2012 games was successful.

"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".

TRIBUTES have been paid to an "inspirational" politician who helped stage the 2012 London Olympics.

"Despite going through all of that and wanting to spend precious time with her family... she gave up so much of that time to continue to campaign, to ask for change, because it really matters", she told the BBC.

A succession of ministerial jobs followed, including employment minister and minister for women, before she joined the Cabinet as culture secretary in 2001. London finally won the vote in July 2005.

"The second crucial thing she did when Labour were in power was setting the structure which delivered the Games, got the organising committee correctly set up and later on in the process put the Olympic Park legacy into place".

"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 awful disease will form part of the lasting legacy of an inspirational woman". After stepping down from the Commons at the 2015 general election, she was made Baroness Jowell of Brixton.

"Related to that, she also raised the bar on the whole thing because we didn't go for the simple solution, which would have been to bid with all of those stadia in the west of London, we could have used Twickenham, Wembley, Earls Court and probably Lords".

She later stood to be Labour's candidate for mayor of London in 2016 but lost out to Sadiq Khan. 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.

Elsewhere, tributes have flooded in from Dame Tessa's colleagues in Westminster.

Mr Mills accompanied her, along with their children Jess and Matthew, to Buckingham Palace when she was invested with her damehood in January 2013.

On May 24 2017 she had two seizures in a taxi as she made her way to a talk in east London.

She had been in a coma since Friday, after suffering a haemorrhage.

More recently, she has campaigned for additional cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS. "It must be extended to all of them", Jowell said in her final speech in the House of Lords.

"She had said at the time that In the end, what gives a life meaning is not only how it is lived, but how it draws to a close", she said in the speech. "So that we can live well with cancer, not just be dying of it".

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