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Dame Tessa Jowell flooded with messages of support after cancer diagnosis

Former Olympics minister makes birthday pledge to help patients live better and longer lives

21 September, 2017 — By Mimi Launder

Dame Tessa with former Camden Mayor Nash Ali

DAME Tessa Jowell has been deluged with mes­sages from well-wishers after being diagnosed with brain cancer, writes Mimi Launder.

The former Camden councillor, who went on to be Culture Secretary and Olympics minister in past Labour govern­ments, marked turning 70th with a tweet: “More people living longer better lives with cancer is my birthday pledge.” She posted a photo of herself surrounded by relatives as friends and colleagues sent messages of support.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry wrote: “Happy Birthday Tessa. What a lovely photo. Get well soon. Much love from us both xxx.” Dame Tessa represented Swiss Cottage on the council in the early 1970s, and lived for many years in Kentish Town before moving to Highgate village.

Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “Our hearts go out to Tessa Jowell and her family after being diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumour. And we applaud her pledge on her 70th birthday to help people whose lives are turned upside down by this devastating disease.”

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