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said that, globally, aviation would grow anyway – the question was whether Britain would share in that growth. Some of the most wounding criticism came from Conservatives, notably the former transport secretary, Justine Greening, whose Putney constituency is directly under the Heathrow flight path. Another Conservative, Greg Hands, resigned as trade minister in order to keep his election promise to vote against the Heathrow expansion.

Sarah Jones said that her father had died of cancer just three days after she was elected to parliament. She recalled how, as culture secretary, Tessa Jowell had won first the Labour cabinet and then the country over to the idea of hosting the games: “She would go and talk to a group of children about how they would directly benefit, and then she would dash across the country and deliver a wordy lecture to a load of economists about the evidence base for sporting-led regeneration.” Now she had a new cause and had again thrown herself into a campaign for people to live longer lives with cancer, “with exactly the same relentless optimism and total bloody doggedness as she did with the Olympics. When faced with this woman who walks through walls, never gives up and always gets what she wants, we could almost feel sorry for cancer.” There was praise for Lady Jowell from the then health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who said that she left two great legacies: “her amazing achievements with London 2012 and her amazing campaigning on cancer. It is our privilege to take part in this debate and The short debate ended up with a majority of 296 in favour of the NPS. In the end, eight Conservative MPs voted against the government and Labour was split almost in half, with slightly more Labour MPs supporting the expansion than opposing it. Their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was against it. The NPS does not grant final planning permission for the third runway: it sets the policy framework against which planners (and probably the courts) will judge whether the scheme should go ahead.

Tributes to Tessa Jowell in a debate on cancer treatment

Tessa Jowell was hailed as an inspiration during her battle with cancer

When former Labour culture secretary Tessa Jowell was diagnosed with a brain tumour, she launched a personal campaign to highlight the need for better cancer treatment. The result was two emotional debates in the Lords and the Commons, with speeches from her many friends in both houses. The Commons debate was opened by Labour MP Sarah Jones, who was part of the team working for Lady Jowell on the bid to hold the 2012 Olympics in London. Lady Jowell watched with her family in the under-gallery of the Commons.


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