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Tessa Jane Helen Douglas Jowell (née Palmer), Baroness Jowell

(1947-2018), Labour politician; MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and Minister for the Olympics, 2012

Sitter in 3 portraits
Jowell was born in London and educated at the Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities. First elected Labour MP for Dulwich in 1992 (Dulwich and West Norwood since 1997). Jowell served as Minister for Women (1998-2001), Minister for Employment (1999-2001), Minister for Public Heath (1997-9), Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-7). She played a critical part in London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2003, after a two-year campaign, she gained the required endorsement of the entire Cabinet to support the proposal. She went on to lobby nationally and internationally for a successful outcome. She was Minister for the Olympics (2005-2010). She was made a Dame in 2012.

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Tessa Jowell, by Brian Griffin - NPG P1711

Tessa Jowell

by Brian Griffin
archival pigment print, 2 February 2010
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1711

Tessa Jowell, by Victoria Carew Hunt - NPG x88087

Tessa Jowell

by Victoria Carew Hunt
bromide fibre print, 1998
NPG x88087

Tessa Jowell, by Lord Snowdon - NPG x131939

Tessa Jowell

by Lord Snowdon
digital bromide print, October 2007
NPG x131939



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