Dame Tessa Jowell's Final Parliamentary Speech In The House Of Lords

Blanche Robertson
May 14, 2018

Dame Tessa recently spoke movingly in the House of Lords about her condition and called for patients to have better access to experimental treatment. In 2009, he was sentenced to 4½ years in prison.by an Italian court for taking a bribe from former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in exchange for false testimony at corruption trials.

He told the Press Association: "She was universally popular and respected among politicians of all parties".

Dame Tessa Jowell will be remembered as one of the main political architects of the hugely successful 2012 London Olympics, which captured the public imagination like little else in recent history. "Throughout her illness she behaved with quite remarkable courage". In politics, Blair applauded her understanding of public health and the need "to shift health policy towards prevention of illness and not only cure".

As a government minister and member of the House of Commons with the Labour Party, Ms. Jowell championed programs such as Sure Start, an initiative to improve child care. "She brought the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to London, and ensured their success".

Ed Miliband, who was Labour leader during the games, said at the time she had left an "enormous" legacy and that the country owed her a "debt of gratitude".

Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Liberal Democrat leader and member of the Olympic Board that had oversight of London 2012, said Jowell was "regarded with both admiration and affection".

Her successor in Dulwich, Helen Hayes MP, tweeted: "So very sad at the passing of my friend & predecessor Tessa Jowell who served Dulwich & West Norwood for 23 years".

"Her determination and sense of humour surrounding them was infectious", he tweeted.

The former social worker played a key role in persuading her Labour Cabinet colleagues to back a London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, defying civil service advice and even her Cabinet colleagues who were convinced Paris would win.

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Dame Tessa died on Saturday after her selfless battle with brain cancer, her family announced on Sunday Morning.

'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 statement added.

Though losing her Cabinet post in Gordon Brown's 2007 reshuffle she remained Olympic minister and oversaw every stage of the games from initial bid to competition.

A small private funeral is due to be held "in the coming days", according to the family statement.

She wrote: "She was lying in Matt, his sister Jess, and their Dad's arms, as they told her that she would live forever in the centre of their souls".

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

He said: "Tessa was a positive life force who never stopped smiling and never stopped being dedicated to other people".

Her last few months saw her campaign for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS.

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