The former Dulwich and West Norwood MP, Dame Tessa Jowell, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, her family has announced.
The ex-minister’s daughter-in-law, and food blogger Ella Woodward posted on Instagram (below) that Mrs Jowell was diagnosed with the disease in May.
The last few months have been some of the hardest of our lives, after Matt's Mum was suddenly diagnosed with brain cancer in May. Her bravery, optimism, love and support for others during this process has inspired us both so much, and today, on her 70th birthday, we're all pledging to try and do everything we can to make people's lives with cancer better for longer. I'm sure so many of you have had to deal with this process too, and Matt and I will work to find new ways of supporting and enhancing people's lives who have been affected. Lots of love to you all, Ella and Matt xx
The announcement was made on Mrs Jowell’s birthday, on September 17. She also posted a short statement on Twitter yesterday, with a family photo, which said: “Thank you for so much love and support on my birthday. More people living longer better lives with cancer is my birthday pledge.”
Thank you for so much love and support on my birthday. More people living longer better lives with cancer is my birthday pledge pic.twitter.com/VPvvFrwDQS
— Tessa Jowell (@TessaJowell) September 17, 2017
Mrs Jowell was first elected to the seat (formally known as Dulwich) in 1992. She served as secretary of state for culture, media and sport under Tony Blair’s government, and was praised for being a driving force behind Britain’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
She stood down as MP in 2015, and the seat was won by MP Helen Hayes in that year’s general election.