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Jowell fuels speculation of future bid for London Mayor

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

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.

– Tess Jowell

Miliband: 'Dame Tessa Jowell will be sorely missed'

Labour leader Ed Miliband praised the former Labour Cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell, saying she was a "unique politician" of warmth, spirit, loyalty and generosity.

MPs praise Dame Tessa Jowell as she steps down

Dame Tessa Jowell's colleagues and fellow MPs took to Twitter to praise the former Cabinet minister, who is to retire at the general election.

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Dame Tessa Jowell to retire as an MP

Dame Tessa Jowell is to retire as an MP at the general election after nearly a quarter of a century in the Commons, the former Cabinet minister has told her local constituency party.

Tessa Jowell has announced she is not seeking re-election in 2015. Credit: Press Assocation

The Labour stalwart, who served in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's Cabinets and as culture secretary played a central role in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London, is not seeking re-election in 2015.

The Dulwich and West Norwood MP stepped down from the Shadow Cabinet last year after seeing the hugely-successful Games through to their closing ceremony as shadow Olympics minister.

Tessa Jowell: We owe Beckham a 'huge debt'

The former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has tweeted her tribute to former England captain David Beckham, who was a key figure in the successful bid for the 2012 Olympic games:

Jowell: Anti-Thatcher violence 'completely out of order'

The former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, who is MP for the neighbouring constituency of Dulwich, has condemned the anti-Thatcher celebrations in Brixton and elsewhere in the UK as "disrepectful":

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