Tributes flood in after death announced of Dame Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jowell with former PM Tony Blair and Sir Charles Allen mayor of the Olympic Athletes village during London 2012

Former British Labour cabinet minister Tessa Jowell, a major role in securing the 2012 Olympics for London, died late Saturday aged 70, her family said on Sunday.

"I saw the forward-looking, expansive, optimistic vision of Britain that the opening ceremony represented and I thought again that this was something the bombers and their supporters would have hated - all those nations, with their different views, their different cultures, their different traditions, coming together in a spirit of peace and play", she said.

Lord Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF and former chairman of the London organising committee of the Olympics, said: "Tessa was not just a close friend, she was a life enhancer".

In 2012 she was made Dame Tessa Jowell in the Birthday Honours for political and charitable services, which were partly in recognition of her work on the Olympics.

The dedicated former minister has been particularly praised for her success in bringing the Olympics to London and her campaigning on cancer research.

Mrs May wrote: "The dignity and courage with which Dame Tessa Jowell confronted her illness was humbling and it was inspirational".

Then-Prime Minister Tony Blair asked Ms. Jowell to coordinate the government's support for survivors and the bereaved. She was also a very special person.

Ed Miliband, who was Labour leader during the games, said at the time she had left an "enormous" legacy and that the country owed her a "debt of gratitude".

"But if they were misleading, uncaring or obfuscating she would be tougher than anyone - and forensic with it".

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He said: "No politician deserves greater credit for the Games".

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of the Brain Tumour Charity, said the charity had started working with "wonderful ambassador" Dame Tessa towards the end of a year ago, and she praised her campaigning for cancer patients. She showed unflinching tenacity in persuading the Prime Minister and the Cabinet that the Government should throw its full weight behind the bid.

She made it to Westminster in 1992, as MP for Dulwich and West Norwood.

"And that's how I remember her because even though she's dead, I think of her as giving this sense of positivity to other people".

"Her networking skills, which I used to tease her about as she was always on the phone, were used to enormous effect for good, in promoting worldwide collaboration and sharing research and best practice in the treatment of brain tumours and, with her family, turning personal tragedy into the possibility of hope for those facing a similar challenge in the future".

Gordon Brown and his wife spoke of Dame Tessa's "sheer courage and compassion for others".

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former Downing Street press secretary paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "RIP Tessa, wonderful woman, superb politician, the kindest friend".

He described her as a "positive life force who never stopped smiling".

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