Britain's 'Olympic Games' minister Jowell dies at 70

Britain's 'Olympic Games' minister Jowell dies at 70

The former cabinet minister died yesterday, after being diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago.

In the months following her own diagnosis last year, Baroness Jowell spoke passionately about the need for more flexible or "adaptive" clinical trials - such as the one we are launching later this year for glioma patients - and greater collaboration to improve understanding of the disease.

Dame Tessa, who was the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood from 1992 to 2015, held government ministerial positions including Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for the Olympics.

Leading the tributes to Dame Tessa, Mr Blair said: "She knew she was dying and yet she was prepared to give everything she had in order to help people in the future".

Dame Tessa gave a moving speech in the House of Lords in January, in which she expressed her hope that "we can live well with cancer, not just die of it".

A family statement said Dame Tessa died peacefully at the family home near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, shortly after 10.00pm BST on Saturday.

A strong supporter of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dame Tessa was reported to have said she would "jump under a bus" for him.

Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower Matthew Pinsent said: "RIP Tessa Jowell - absolutely central to the effort to win and stage the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012".

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

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"I will certainly never forget it - neither the day itself nor the days afterwards". She played the pivotal role in gathering, and maintaining government support for a bid and subsequently putting in place the structures necessary to deliver The Games.

"As the full scale of the atrocity became clear, those of us representing the U.K.in Singapore could think about just one thing: we had to get home".

"It was a hard enough process at the best of times, but that structure she put in place then weathered the financial crisis (of 2008) and then allowed us in the end to still deliver the Olympics on time and under budget".

The former social worker lost to her Conservative rival, and was defeated again in the following year's general election.

"So it was a deeply civilized thing that we did in those marvelous two weeks in the summer of 2012".

Lord Sebastian Coe, former chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, said there would not have been a London 2012 without the contributions of Dame Tessa.

More tributes to follow...

'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.

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