– Hugh Robertson, Sports minister
I'd like to pay tribute to Tessa's excellent work on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Not only did she play a vital role in the winning bid team but she laid the foundations for a successful Games, which was recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. I was pleased that, with the cross-party approach to the Games, Tessa continued to be involved throughout, with a position on the Olympic Board and as deputy mayor of the Athletes' Village during the Olympic Games. She took on both roles with her usual enthusiasm and expertise.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell, who has stood down from the shadow Cabinet saying it was "job done" after the Olympics:
Over her career, Tessa has been an amazing asset to the Labour Party and to Britain.
Her legacy is enormous.
What we have seen at the London 2012 would not have been possible without Tessa’s determination and dedication both in championing the bid and playing a major role in delivering the Games.
For this the whole country owes her a huge debt of gratitude.
Dame Tessa Jowell has stood down from the shadow Cabinet as shadow Olympics minister because she felt it was “job done” after the Games.
Dame Tessa was instrumental in persuading Tony Blair to back London's Olympic bid.
“It’s very rare in politics to see something through from beginning to end and I’ve been able to do that with the Games.”