Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jane Helen Douglas Jowell, Baroness Jowell, DBE, PC (née Palmer; 18 September 1947 – 12 May 2018) was a British Labour politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dulwich and West Norwood from 1997 to 2015, having previously been elected as the MP for Dulwich in 1992.


The Baroness Jowell

Jowell in 2007
Minister for the Cabinet Office
In office
5 June 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byLiam Byrne
Succeeded byFrancis Maude
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
8 June 2001  27 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byChris Smith
Succeeded byJames Purnell
Shadow posts
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
In office
20 January 2011  7 October 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byLiam Byrne
Succeeded byJon Trickett
In office
11 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (acting)
Preceded byFrancis Maude
Succeeded byLiam Byrne
Shadow Minister for London
In office
11 May 2010  16 January 2013
Leader
  • Harriet Harman (acting)
  • Ed Miliband
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded bySadiq Khan
Shadow Minister for the Olympics
In office
11 May 2010  11 September 2012
Leader
  • Harriet Harman (acting)
  • Ed Miliband
Preceded byJeremy Hunt
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Shadow Minister for Women
In office
19 October 1995  26 July 1996
LeaderTony Blair
Preceded byClare Short
Succeeded byJanet Anderson
Junior ministerial offices
Minister for London
In office
5 June 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byTony McNulty
Succeeded byGavin Barwell (2016)
In office
28 June 2007  3 October 2008
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byJim Fitzpatrick
Succeeded byTony McNulty
Paymaster General
In office
28 June 2007  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byDawn Primarolo
Succeeded byFrancis Maude
Minister for the Olympics
In office
6 July 2005  11 May 2010
Prime Minister
  • Tony Blair
  • Gordon Brown
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJeremy Hunt
Minister for Women
In office
5 May 2005  5 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byPatricia Hewitt
Succeeded byRuth Kelly
Parliamentary offices
Members of the House of Lords
Life peerage
27 October 2015  12 May 2018
Member of Parliament
for Dulwich and West Norwood
Dulwich (1992–1997)
In office
9 April 1992  30 March 2015
Preceded byGerald Bowden
Succeeded byHelen Hayes
Personal details
Born
Tessa Jane Helen Douglas Palmer

(1947-09-18)18 September 1947
Marylebone, London, England
Died12 May 2018(2018-05-12) (aged 70)
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
RelationsElla Woodward (daughter-in-law)
Children2
Alma mater

She held a number of major government ministerial positions, as well as opposition appointments, during this period. She served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 2001 to 2007 and Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2009 to 2010. A member of both the Blair and Brown Cabinets, she was also Minister for the Olympics (2005–10) and Shadow Minister for the Olympics and Shadow Minister for London until September 2012, resigning after the London Olympic Games.

A Privy Councillor from 1998,[1] she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2012.[2] She stood down from the House of Commons at the 2015 general election.

She was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours and was raised to the peerage as Baroness Jowell, of Brixton in the London Borough of Lambeth, on 27 October 2015. In September 2015, she was unsuccessful in seeking to be selected as the Labour Party's official candidate in the 2016 London mayoral election, coming second to Sadiq Khan in the contest of six candidates.