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Britain's ex-minister, campaigner Tessa Jowell dies of cancer

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Former Cabinet has died aged 70 from

Jowell, who played a prominent role in securing for when she served as UK culture secretary, had been campaigning for more treatments to be made available on the state-funded (NHS) since she was diagnosed last year.

A statement from her family said she died peacefully at the family home near Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire last night after suffering a haemorrhage.

"In addition to and radiotherapy, in recent months doctors tried innovative new treatments which Tessa gladly embraced, but sadly the recently progressed very quickly," the statement noted.

During a speech in the earlier this year, had attracted a huge standing ovation from her fellow peers.

She had said at the time that In the end, what gives a life meaning is not only how it is lived, but how it draws to a close," she said in the speech.

"I hope that this debate will give hope to other patients, like me, so we can live well together with cancer, not just dying of it. All of us, for longer."

Leading the tributes to his ex-minister, former said she was a "committed public servant" who was "always true and loyal and decent and wise".

She knew she was dying and yet she was prepared to give everything she had in order to help people in the future," Blair said.

"If anyone wants to know what politics can achieve they can just look at her life and how she lived it, and how she ended it as a testimony to all that's best in politics," he added.

A small private funeral will be held in the coming days with a memorial service open to all at a later date.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 18:20 IST