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Tessa Jowell made 'huge contribution' to London

Tessa has undoubtedly made a huge contribution to the fabric of our city and its people. But it is her work on the Olympics that stands out.

As mayor of the host city I worked closely with Tessa in the run-up to London 2012, a Games that she played a huge part in ensuring were indeed the greatest ever staged.

I wish her well in whatever path she may choose next!

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Dame Tessa Jowell: 'Political mum and Labour legend'

Tottenham MP David Lammy, another of those who have expressed an interest in being Labour's London mayoral candidate, was among those paying tribute to Tessa Jowell on Twitter:

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Sad my good friend @jowellt standing down after 21 years of service. Feel very fortunate to have worked alongside her as Culture Minister.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna added:

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My Lambeth neighbour, political mum and Labour legend, @jowellt, has announced she is stepping down at the next General Election this eve

Tessa Jowell to 'think hard' about becoming candidate

In a letter to her Dulwich and West Norwood constituency party she said quitting the south London seat was "the hardest decision I have ever taken", adding:

It is really too early for anyone to be declaring themselves ahead of the local elections next year and the general election in 2015.

I love London and, of course, when the time comes will think hard about whether I should offer myself as a candidate.

– Dame Tessa Jowell MP

Tessa Jowell fuels speculation over bid for Mayor

Dame Tessa Jowell has fuelled speculation she is preparing for a bid to run as London's Mayor after announcing she will retire as an MP at the next general election.

Russell Brand, Tessa Jowell and Boris Johnson seen during BBC's Question Time Credit: Press Association

The Labour MP played a crucial role in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London. Her Commons career will come to an end after 23 years in 2015.

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