May boosts cancer research funding in tribute to Tessa Jowell

Dame Tessa Jowell has died

Former UK Labour party Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has died aged 70 from cancer.

She was diagnosed with brain cancer last May, and subsequently campaigned for cancer research. Her memorable speech in Parliament moved her peers to tears.

Julie Nicholson told Maajid Nawaz that Dame Tessa was Tony Blair's "greatest gift to the 7/7 community".

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

'She died peacefully at the family home near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire last night, shortly after 10pm.

But she stayed a member of the House of Lords and used her diagnosis to campaign for better treatment and access to care.

"I hope that this debate will give hope to other cancer patients, like me, so we can live well together with cancer, not just dying of it". "All of us, for longer".

A strong supporter of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dame Tessa was reported to have said she would "jump under a bus" for him.

Dame Tessa was employment minister and minister for women, before joining the cabinet as culture secretary in 2001, during which she helped bring the Olympic Games to London.

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"I will certainly never forget it - neither the day itself nor the days afterwards".

He added: "I kind of can't quite believe she's gone".

"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".

Theresa May and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also announced an annual Tessa Jowell global symposium, which will host the best clinical, scientific and academic minds on brain cancer to to identify gaps, best practice and research priorities.

"The thoughts of the whole British Olympic family are with her family at this hard time". 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.

"So it was a deeply civilized thing that we did in those marvelous two weeks in the summer of 2012".

More tributes to follow... In politics, Blair applauded her understanding of public health and the need "to shift health policy towards prevention of illness and not only cure".

Lord Sebastian Coe, former chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said there would not have been a London 2012 without the contributions of Dame Tessa.

'Her husband David and their children Jessie and Matthew were by her side, with Jessie's husband Finn, Matthew's wife Ella, and David's children from his first marriage'.

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