How Tessa Jowell's powerful speech broke convention

In Pictures: Dame Tessa Jowell's career in politics

Tessa Jowell, the U.K.'s former culture secretary, has died at the age of 70.

Jowell, who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, died late last night after suffering a haemorrhage on Friday.

A statement tweeted on the official Twitter feed for Brown and his wife, Sarah, said: "Tessa Jowell has so many lasting achievements to her name but she will always be defined by the sheer courage and compassion for others she showed while facing cancer".

'In addition to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in recent months doctors tried innovative new treatments which Tessa gladly embraced, but sadly the tumour recently progressed very quickly'.

Dame Tessa Jowell received a standing ovation after her final speech in the House of Lords.

"In the end, what gives a life meaning is not only how it is lived, but how it draws to a close".

"I hope this debate will give hope to other cancer patients like me".

"All of us, for longer".

"If anyone wants to know what politics can achieve they can just look at her life and how she lived it, and how she ended it as a testimony to all that's best in politics", he added. The family said the funeral would be small and private, but a memorial open to all would be held later.

"Tessa was a true believer in the power and inspiration of sport, for which all of us who benefited from her support and conviction will be eternally grateful", said Grainger, who won rowing gold for Great Britain at London 2012.

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell, who was a member of the Olympic Board which had oversight of London 2012 said Dame Tessa was "universally popular and respected among politicians of all parties".

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of the Brain Tumour Charity, said the charity had started working with "wonderful ambassador" Dame Tessa towards the end of past year, and she praised her campaigning for cancer patients.

His successor David Cameron said he was "devastated" to hear of the death of the "dedicated and passionate campaigner" and "wonderful human being". She later said she often thought about July 7, but particularly during the two-minute silence at the London Games' opening ceremony directed by Danny Boyle.

She split from her lawyer husband David Mills in 2006 when she admitted being unaware he had paid off part of their mortgage with £350,000 at the centre of a bribery case involving former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. There when people needed her, both personally and also with her political hat on, and with her bravery over the past year, always thinking of others.

This caller told Maajid how Dame Tessa Jowell was Tony Blair's "greatest gift" to the 7/7 community, after her daughter was killed in the attacks on London in 2005.

Dame Tessa, a former social worker, first stood for Parliament in a 1978 by-election in Ilford North on the Essex-London border.

She was appointed dame commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012, and entered the House of Lords in 2015. But it was her work on the Olympics that made her known to the general public.

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