May 13, 2018 / 8:41 AM / 2 months ago

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

LONDON (Reuters) - Tessa Jowell, a former British government minister who was instrumental in bringing the Olympic Games to London in 2012, died on Saturday after a brain haemorrhage, her family said.

General Sport - Beyond Sport Summit & Awards - Grange St. Pauls Hotel, 10 Godliman Street, London EC4V 5AJ - 9/7/09 Minister for the Cabinet Office and Olympics and London Paymaster General Tessa Jowell MP Mandatory Credit: Action Images / John Sibley Livepic

Jowell, who was 70, was diagnosed with brain cancer in May last year.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair led the tributes to Jowell, saying she had “passion, determination and simple human decency in greater measure than any person I have ever known”.

Slideshow (2 Images)

Jowell joined the government as a minister in the Department for Health after Blair’s Labour Party won the 1997 election by a landslide.

Blair appointed her to the cabinet in 2001 as Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, where she headed London’s successful Olympic Games bid.

Following her cancer diagnosis, Jowell campaigned for better treatment for cancer patients from Britain’s state-funded health service.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The dignity and courage with which Dame Tessa Jowell confronted her illness was humbling and inspirational.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by John Stonestreet

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below