Tessa Jowell(1947-2018), Labour politician; MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and Minister for the Olympics, 2012
Tessa Jane Helen Douglas Jowell (née Palmer), Baroness Jowell
Sitter in 3 portraits
Born in London and educated at the Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, Jowell entered Parliament as Labour MP for Dulwich in 1992. She served as Minister for Women (1998-2001), Minister for Employment (1999-2001), Minister for Public Heath (1997-9) and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-7). Her greatest triumph was as Minister for the Olympics (2005-2010), leading London's bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On Jowell's seventieth birthday, it was announced she was suffering from a rare form of brain cancer. Jowell having advocated for better access to experimental treatment, Downing Street pledged to double government funding for brain cancer treatment following her death.
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