Published: Mon, May 14, 2018

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

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

Tessa Jowell, the U.K.'s former culture secretary, has died at the age of 70.

Brain cancer research will have its government funding doubled to £40m and gold standard tumour diagnosis tests will be rolled out to all NHS hospitals, in tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell, Downing Street announced on Sunday.

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.

"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", the statement noted.

The statement thanked people for their "overwhelming support" since Dame Tessa became ill.

A small private funeral will be held in the coming days with a memorial service open to all at a later date.

Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF and former chairman of the London organising committee of the Olympic Games, said London 2012 would not have happened without Dame Tessa.

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".

His successor David Cameron said he was "devastated" to hear of the death of the "dedicated and passionate campaigner" and "wonderful human being".

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. She will be remembered for many things including of course successfully bringing us the London Olympics".

"My sympathies to her loving family - Dame Tessa's campaigning on brain cancer research is a lasting tribute to a lifetime of public service".

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

Keith Chegwin, Emma Chambers, Seah Hughes and Petter Sallis were some of the other names remembered during the segment, who have all been lost within the previous year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "Tessa Jowell was one of those few politicians who could inspire and unite across party lines".

Jowell joined the government as a minister in the Department for Health after Blair's Labour Party won the 1997 election by a landslide.

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".

Figures from the world of sport praised her involvement as culture secretary in bringing the Olympic Games to London. But it was her work on the Olympics that made her known to the general public.

The Prime Minister and leader of the opposition led the tributes to the much-respected Labour stalwart, who had served in the south of the borough from 1992, first as MP for Dulwich and then for Dulwich and West Norwood.

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