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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.
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.
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.
Tessa, you have been, and remain, an inspiration. @jowellt: "Tonight I announced my decision to stand down at next election"
Sad my good friend @jowellt standing down after 21 years of service. Feel very fortunate to have worked alongside her as Culture Minister.
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.
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.
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:
Labour MP Tessa Jowell told Daybreak that Margaret Thatcher's memory should be treated with respect, on the day of her funeral, "whatever disagreements".
She said: "I think this is the right way to honour somebody who was the Prime Minister of our country for 11 and half years."
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":
Democracy must always embrace legitimate dissent but the action in Brixton and elsewhere is disrespectful and completely out of order