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

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

"She was the most wise of counsellors, the most loyal and supportive of colleagues, and the best of friends". "I will miss her enormously".

"If anyone wants to know what politics can achieve they can just look at her life and how she lived it, and how she ended it as a testimony to all that's best in politics".

The politician was diagnosed with brain cancer in May last year, and the 70-year-old's family have announced she lost her battle yesterday.

The couple parted after it was said to be damaging Dame Tessa's career, but they were later reconciled.

Baroness Jowell was a popular figure in Parliament who played a major role in securing the 2012 Olympics for London when she led the culture department.

Theresa May, the current British Prime Minister, said the dignity and courage with which Dame Tessa confronted her illness was "humbling" and "inspirational".

Despite being moved from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2007, she retained her position as Olympics Minister throughout Labour's time in office. Without her the sporting landscape of the United Kingdom would have looked very different, and so many other tangible legacies left dormant.

"No politician deserves greater credit for the Games".

"But if they were misleading, uncaring or obfuscating she would be tougher than anyone - and forensic with it". She showed unflinching tenacity in persuading the Prime Minister and the Cabinet that the Government should throw its full weight behind the bid.

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Dame Tessa was appointed Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village in recognition for her efforts in getting London the Games.

He also paid tribute to her Olympic triumph.

"And that's how I remember her because even though she's dead, I think of her as giving this sense of positivity to other people". There when people needed her, both personally and also with her political hat on, and with her bravery over the a year ago, always thinking of others.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi of the Movement for Reform Judaism took to twitter to pay her respects, saying: "I can't count the times Tessa Jowell wrote or say "Big Love" to me".

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

Helen Hayes MP, who succeeded Dame Tessa as the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood in 2015, hailed her "extraordinary" legacy, and said she had served her constituents "with a commitment to making a difference every single day".

During a speech to the House of Lords in January, Jowell said: "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".

He described her as a "positive life force who never stopped smiling". "She couldn't have done more to deliver it".

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