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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

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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.

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@jowellt You will be sorely missed from House of Commons for your values, passion, loyalty and generosity of spirit. Thank you for it all.

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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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Tessa, you have been, and remain, an inspiration. @jowellt: "Tonight I announced my decision to stand down at next election"

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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.

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@jowellt thank you for all u have done for Labour, for Southwark and for so many vital issues over so many years. And will continue to...

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:

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.@lbc973 we owe David a huge debt, great footballer & great Olympic ambassador. Memories of Flame arriving @ Culdrose http://t.co/i7ZMYvfGkV

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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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Democracy must always embrace legitimate dissent but the action in Brixton and elsewhere is disrespectful and completely out of order

Read more: Arrests after anti-Thatcher 'celebrations'

Jowell: Crisis must not 'undermine' case for BBC

Former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has stressed the crisis at the BBC should not be used as an excuse to "undermine" the case for a public broadcaster.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Jowell said the public should be left to run the corporation, though short-term issues such as "the culture of moralistic smugness" must be "urgently addressed".

Former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said the public should be left to run the BBC
Former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said the public should be left to run the BBC Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"This crisis must not be allowed to herald the slow death of the uniqueness of the BBC", Ms Jowell wrote.

"Lord Reith said that the role of the BBC was to 'inform, educate and entertain'. Only radical public ownership will continue to ensure that these values are firmly embedded at the heart of the corporation and restore the trust it needs to overcome this crisis in the longer term", she concluded.

Praise for Tessa Jowell's 'vital' role in London 2012

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.

– Hugh Robertson, Sports minister

Miliband: 'Tessa has been an amazing asset to Labour and to Britain'

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.

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