Keynote speaker and Labour MP, Tessa Jowell will be stepping down as an MP for her Dulwich and West Norwood constituency at the next election.
Tessa was first elected as an MP in 1992; she was the former Culture Secretary and played an important role in the bid for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tessa was a loyal supporter of former Prime Minister and Labour leader, Tony Blair and following her announcement he stated "I always knew I could rely on her and trust her 100%. But I also knew she would never hesitate to tell me what she thought was right and true. That gave and gives her a rare integrity."
Tessa served as the Culture Secretary between 2001 and 2007 before she became the Olympics minister and paymaster general. During her time as the Olympics Minister, Tessa gained respect from the likes of Lord Seb Coe who stated “She was the political driving force behind our bid to host the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and an inseparable part of their ultimate success. I will be forever grateful for the role she played in both.”
Tessa is a devoted MP to her constituency and she made it clear that her decision to step down was not an easy one to make; she stated "This is, I think, the hardest decision I have ever taken."
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