Culture minister loses bidding war on flat

LONDON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Britain's Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, accustomed to mixing with celebrities, mixed it up with Hollywood star Bill Murray over a luxury apartment.

London Olympic costs disputed

LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- British officials have acknowledged that the cost of putting on the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is going to be far higher than original estimates. The London Development Agency says that massive reconstruction in East London will add more than 1 billio

BBC to offer help for digital changeover

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The BBC has revealed a $1.14 billion plan to assist disabled and elderly British citizens switch their TV services to digital technology. Daily Variety reports that by offering funds that will come from the BBC's upcoming TV license fee settlement to aid

U.S. writer honored by Britain

LONDON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Britain has bestowed an honorary Order of the British Empire on U.S. writer Bill Bryson for his contribution to literature.

Berlusconi again faces corruption trial

MILAN, Italy, July 7 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Friday was ordered to stand trial on fraud and other charges involving his family's television network. Judge Fabio Paparella in Milan also ordered 13 other defendants to stand trial, ANSA reported, includin

Memorial to honor London bombing victims

LONDON, May 17 (UPI) -- A memorial to the victims of London's July 7, 2005, transport bombings will be built in Tavistock Square, British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell said.

Nearly 70 percent of U.K. uses digital TV

LONDON, March 17 (UPI) -- More then 17 million homes in the United Kingdom -- nearly 70 percent -- use digital TV, the most of any nation in the world, according to a report by Ofcom.

June 15 set for Berlusconi trial decision

MILAN, Italy, March 16 (UPI) -- Italian judges said they would wait until June 15 to decide whether to order a trial for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on corruption charges.

Italian leader could be charged

MILAN, Italy, March 10 (UPI) -- An Italian judge has been given a 15,000-page dossier in the corruption case against Italy's prime minister and the husband of a British cabinet minister.

Scandal splits Cabinet minister, husband

LONDON, March 4 (UPI) -- British Minister of Culture Tessa Jowell and her husband, David Mills, are separating in the wake of a scandal involving an alleged payoff.

Signature puts British minister in scandal

LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A British cabinet minister has been drawn into a scandal involving her husband and one of his legal clients, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Government urges anti-prostitute campaign

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The British government wants its star soccer players to urge fans to stay away from prostitutes during the World Cup finals in Germany.

British stings to fight underage drinking

LONDON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Britain will lift a 20-year ban on stings to catch businesses selling liquor to minors and supermarkets are the main targets, The Times of London reported.

British start over on Olympics pool

LONDON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The British government has sent plans for the Olympic aquatic center back to the drawing board because the lavish design costs too much.

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Tessa Jowell
Minister for Olympics Tessa Jowell arrives at No.10 Downing Street for her first Cabinet meeting with the new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on June 29, 2007. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Tessa Jowell (born 17 September 1947) is a British politician. She is the Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood.

She is a British Cabinet Minister and currently holds the positions of Minister for the Olympics, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General.

Born Tessa Jane Helen Douglas Palmer in London, her father Kenneth was a doctor and her mother Rosemary a radiographer. She was educated at the public school St Margaret's School for Girls in Aberdeen, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She became a social worker and eventually administrator of the mental health charity Mind. In 1978 she was Labour Party candidate in a by-election in Ilford North but lost Labour's majority to the Conservatives.

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