Kent pays tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell

14 May, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Unveiling the Mission, May said: "Baroness Tessa Jowell faced her illness with dignity and courage - and it was a privilege to host her in Downing Street recently to discuss what more we can do to tackle brain cancer".

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.

"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".

The prime minister said that the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission would put £65 million towards research.

"She showed unflinching tenacity in persuading the prime minister and the cabinet that the government should throw its full weight behind the bid", he said.

Tony Blair, of whom she was a big supporter, said Dame Tessa was "the wisest of counsellors, the most loyal and supportive of colleagues, and the best of friends".

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"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".

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

Following Tessa Jowell's death, the government has tonight pledged its renewed commitment to research into brain tumours and announced a doubling of its investment in the field to £40m.

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

Leading Tributes to Dame Jowell was former Labour leader and ex-prime minister, Tony Blair.

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

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

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

The former social worker lost to her Conservative rival, and was defeated again in the following year's general election.

In Kent, county councillor for Sevenoaks North and Darent Valley, Roger Gough, tweeted to say: "Very sad indeed to hear of the passing of Tessa Jowell, whom I stood against in Dulwich and West Norwood in 1997".

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.

Tessa Jowell first entered politics as a Camden councillor in 1971.

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