Dame Tessa Jowell dies aged 70 after battle with brain tumour

  • Dame Tessa Jowell dies aged 70 after battle with brain tumour

Dame Tessa Jowell dies aged 70 after battle with brain tumour

He said: "My daughter absolutely loved her to bits and she was weeping last night and she said that Tessa was the only person she's ever known who, whoever she was with, wherever she was, that other person was glad to be there".

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

He added: "And even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she typically used it as an opportunity to campaign for improved research and treatment to help other sufferers".

Ella Mills said the 70-year-old, who died on Saturday after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour in May last year, had been told by her family that she would "live forever" in "their souls". "Throughout her illness she behaved with quite remarkable courage".

Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, former Labour director of communications and godfather to Dame Tessa's children Alastair Campbell said: "She really is the best of politics, the best of humanity, and as Tony Blair said this morning, there really aren't many like her".

"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.

Dame Tessa, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in May past year, suffered a haemorrhage on Friday (May 11) and had been in a coma until her death yesterday.

During her time in office, she was in charge of London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics and more recently had campaigned for more cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS.

May paid tribute to Jowell on Sunday, praising her "lifetime of public service".

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

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".

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, described Dame Tessa as an "indefatigable campaigner who translated care from a word to a deed at every turn". "Deepest condolences to her family".

Politicians from the North West have paid tribute to DameTessa Jowell who has died aged seventy.

She also remained on the 2012 Olympics Organising Committee under chairman Sebastian Coe.

He said: "No politician deserves greater credit for the Games. Her determination and sense of humour surrounding them was infectious".

"Tessa was not just a close friend, she was a life enhancer", he wrote on Twitter.

"She just had this capacity to touch everybody she met".