Tributes flood in after death announced of Dame Tessa Jowell

"We send our honest condolences to her family - and I hope that the actions we are taking now and in the future to improve care and research for those confronting a awful disease will form part of the lasting legacy of an inspirational woman".

Chairman of the British Olympic Association Hugh Robertson explained that not only was Dame Tessa pivotal in bringing the Games to London, she was determined that it should be a force for regeneration in some of London's most deprived areas.

"Despite going through all of that and wanting to spend precious time with her family... she gave up so much of that time to continue to campaign, to ask for change, because it really matters", she told the BBC.

The government said later on Sunday that it would increase spending on brain cancer research to 40 million pounds in honour of Jowell.

"She showed unflinching tenacity in persuading the prime minister and the cabinet that the government should throw its full weight behind the bid", he said.

More recently, she has campaigned for additional cancer treatments to be made available through the NHS. "She will be remembered for many things including of course successfully bringing us the London Olympics".

His successor David Cameron said he was "devastated" to hear of the death of the "dedicated and passionate campaigner" and "wonderful human being". The constituency is now represented by Labour's Wes Streeting.

She suffered a haemorrhage on Friday and had been in a coma until her death on Saturday, a spokesman for the family said.

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James Brokenshire, who stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary after being diagnosed with lung cancer, said Dame Tessa had "unstinting passion". She was probably only half-joking. Her belief that Labour should "modernise" was passionately held - forged at the coal face of a decade of Labour local activism.

"Her accomplishments are enormous but just as impressive is how she achieved them: with decency, determination, guts and grace".

"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.

She helped London win the 2012 Olympics bid when she served as British culture secretary.

Politicians from the North West have paid tribute to DameTessa Jowell who has died aged seventy. In 1997, she was one of the 101 female Labour MPs on the benches following the party's landslide victory.

Here she took on the job of convincing unsure colleagues about the merits of hosting the Olympics in 2012.

In the last nine months of her life, Baroness Jowell used her voice on behalf of our entire community.

  • Megan Austin