So sad. When she was a Minister I worked for another Minister she was close too and so I saw her quite regularly. She was always friendly, always remembered my name, always enthusiastic, she also had a very witty sense of humour. She was definitely one of the forces for good in politics and in day to day life. She even tried to turn her illness into a force for good with her campaign to allow terminally ill people to take part in more medical trials. RIP Tessa.
Very sad. Glioblastoma is the cruellest of cancers IMO, we watched my friend's 19 year old daughter die from it. While her body shut down, her mind knew everything. Glio takes away what makes you able to be you. She won awards for her vlog - www.youtube.com/charlotteeades. RIP Tessa, and the 4,999 others who die from this cancer in the UK every year.
Just been reading her obituaries and burst into tears ( am pregnant) but she seems like a rare, thing a decent, sensible, likeable politician. Her work with early years, equality, the Olympic bid and more recently trying to 'join up' research and focus on living well with cancer is inspiring. How very sad, as some one upthread said, she did appear a force for good in the world. RIP Tessa.
Sad news. Beautiful brave words from her daughter on R4 this morning describing how her family were with her during her final days.
She achieved so much that has and will continue to have a massive impact especially on women’s lives in this country. Obituary written by Yvette Cooper in the Independent - whatever your politics, her achievements are awe inspiring Tessa Jowell showed us how politics should be done. She walked through walls, and never gave up - The Independent apple.news/AoGN8RrddSXeBkZSfb74dMQ
Some of her legacy is under threat though, with funding being cut to children’s centres left right and centre, Save Our Children’s Centres has a petition to parliament, they’re close to 10,000 signatures, it was posted on Twitter as a fitting way to respect Tessa’s legacy to ask parliament to protect it. petition.parliament.uk/petitions/210947