I’m desperately saddened by the news that the wonderful Tessa Jowell has passed away overnight following her battle with brain cancer.
Tessa was the very best of us - and brought out the best in all of us. So kind, generous and determined to make a real difference. What a legacy she leaves - not least through Sure Start, London 2012 and her final mission to make sure that, in future, people can “live well with cancer, not just be dying of it. All of us, for longer.”
I will always be grateful for Tessa’s support and friendship - not least when she returned to Ilford North many times, having first been a candidate here in 1978, to help me win in 2015. She is truly an example to us all and we will do our best to follow her example and honour her legacy.
I will never forget her words to us just weeks ago in the House of Commons: “It was the honour of my life to be one of you. I shall cheer on from the sidelines as you keep fighting the good fight. Remember our battle cry – living with, not dying from cancer, for more people.”
Sending lots of love to Tessa’s husband, her children, family and other friends x