SUNDAY 13 MAY
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Tessa was a friend, a colleague, a champion of Labour values, and a towering figure in London and national politics. Her death is terribly sad news and my thoughts go out to her family.
“Tessa’s legacy is there to see all around us. She more than anyone made the dream of bringing the Olympics and Paralympics to London a reality, fighting hard around the Cabinet table to make it happen.
“With Sure Start she saw how communities would be better as a result of early intervention and support for families. And even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she typically used it as an opportunity to campaign for improved research and treatment to help other sufferers.
“Her death leaves us with a massive loss and so many of us will miss her enormously.”