Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

New £65m Fund Inspired By Tessa Jowell To Tackle Brain Cancer

New £65m Fund Inspired By Tessa Jowell To Tackle Brain Cancer

"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". London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics would become one of Dame Tessa's most notable achievements. "All of us, for longer".

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair asked Jowell to coordinate the government's support for survivors and the bereaved.

'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'.

"Everything she touched she turned to gold in some way", he said.

Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch, said she was very sad to hear the news, adding: "She was respected across the political divide for her calm, polite manner".

"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.

A family spokesperson said that Dame Tessa died peacefully, and was surrounded by family.

"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".

On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Ms. Jowell told those attending a memorial service that her memories of the day were vivid.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the dignity and courage with which Dame Tessa had confronted her illness was "humbling" and "inspirational", and her campaigning was a "lasting tribute to a lifetime of public service".

"At this agonising time, I hope her family can draw comfort from the fact that her legacy will be lives saved and heartbreak averted for thousands of other families".

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of the Brain Tumour Charity, said the charity had started working with "wonderful ambassador" Dame Tessa towards the end of a year ago, and she praised her campaigning for cancer patients.

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

Former acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman said Dame Tessa was "clear and tough", a woman who "followed her personal instinct" and "nurtured personal relationships". True Labour but reaching cross party. She won the seat from the Tories at the 1992 general election with a slim majority of just over 2,000 votes.

Also, a new Tessa Jowell global symposium will bring together the best clinical, scientific and academic minds on brain cancer to identify gaps, best practice and priorities in research.

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South MP, has paid tribute to his fellow Labour colleague.

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