– 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.
Shadow Olympics minister Dame Tessa Jowell has announced she has stood down from the shadow cabinet because she felt it was “job done” after the Games. She was instrumental in persuading Tony Blair to back London's Olympic bid.