Tessa Jowell gets standing ovation for moving cancer speech

Written by Dods staff on 25 January 2018 in Diary

Watch: Some peers wiped their eyes during the 15-minute-long speech.


Tessa Jowell was given a rare standing ovation in the House of Lords today after she made an emotional speech about her battle with brain cancer.

The Upper Chamber was packed and peers listened in silence as the former cabinet minister spoke about the hope she still had that medical advances in brain tumours can continue.

Dame Tessa also told she told how she had got into a taxi last year but found she was unable to speak. She then then had "two powerful seizures".

She closed her speech: “In the end, what gives a life meaning is not only how it is lived, but how it draws to a close.

“I hope this debate will give hope to other cancer patients like me. So that we can live well with cancer, not just be dying of it. All of us. For longer.”

Applause is not meant to be allowed in parliament but peers rose to their feet to give Dame Tessa a long standing ovation.


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