Dame Tessa Jowell dies aged 70

Dame Tessa Jowell dies aged 70

"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".

"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.

This morning party members, journalists and politicians paid tribute to the former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, remembering her achievements and sharing stories of their memories together.

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.

"My thoughts and prayers, and those of Cherie and all the family are with David and her wonderful family of whom she was justly very proud". She became a staunch ally of Blair and was secretary of state for culture, media and sport from 2001 to 2007. London finally won the vote in July 2005.

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

Her backing for the games was not unquestioning however. "We will all miss her". But it was her work on the Olympics that made her known to the general public.

"She corralled government behind an east of London bid, she had to do that to get the support of the Mayor (of London), but actually the success of London in terms of regenerating Stratford directly comes from that decision". Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and soccer legend David Beckham are among her admirers offering tributes.

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Mr Mills was charged along with Mr Berlusconi with corruption in Milan and was convicted in his absence in February 2009, before being acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court under Italy's statute of limitations a year later.

Elsewhere, tributes have flooded in from Dame Tessa's colleagues in Westminster.

He told the Press Association: "She did two things which were really important in that early stage".

The speed of her late physical decline was dramatic.

She had been in a coma until her death at home on Saturday.

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.

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". "So that we can live well with cancer, not just be dying of it".

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