UK's Former Culture Secretary Has Died At Age 70

Dame Tessa Jowel Alistair Campbell

Dame Tessa Jowel Alistair Campbell

Speaking in the House of Lords in January she received a minute-long standing ovation after a speech on the issue.

"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".

The family moved to Aberdeen in the early 1950s after Kenneth Palmer got a job at the university medical school. She was aged 70.

"She was an inspiration to work with, and a joy to be near".

"I can't think of many parliamentarians who would have had the response that she had whilst still alive".

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

The Italian prosecution of David Mills was dissolved and the couple later reconciled.

Figures from the world of sport praised her involvement as culture secretary in bringing the Olympic Games to London.

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

"The first was she corralled the whole of the government behind the bid". Her father was a physician, and her mother was a radiologist.

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"She was one of the kindest, most compassionate empathetic people I've ever known".

"She was the most wise of counsellors, the most loyal and supportive of colleagues, and the best of friends". In politics, Blair applauded her understanding of public health and the need "to shift health policy towards prevention of illness and not only cure". Tony Blair cleared his minister of wrongdoing, but Ms Jowell and Mr Mills lived apart for several years before patching up their differences.

The former spokesman of Tony Blair told Nick Robinson on BBC The Andrew Marr Show his daughter was "weeping" as the news of Dame Tessa Jowell's death arrived on Saturday.

"I saw the forward-looking, expansive, optimistic vision of Britain that the opening ceremony represented and I thought again that this was something the bombers and their supporters would have hated - all those nations, with their different views, their different cultures, their different traditions, coming together in a spirit of peace and play", she said. And because everything she said or did was intertwined with the personal, she was more effective.

The former cabinet minister was diagnosed with a gliobastoma multiforme brain tumour last May. From councillor to cabinet Minister, her achievements were huge, including helping to bring the Olympics to London.

"She was always polite and helpful as a Minister, and she left a real legacy with her part in the 2012 Olympics".

In 2012 she was made Dame Tessa Jowell in the Birthday Honours for political and charitable services.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown said Dame Tessa would be remembered for her "courage, strength and compassion for others".

Tessa Jowell was intensely family-focused.

The statement thanked people for their "overwhelming support" since Dame Tessa became ill. She was diagnosed with brain cancer last May, and subsequently campaigned for cancer research.

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