Tony Blair leads tributes to Tessa Jowell: 'She was always there for me'
Watch: Blair also said that 'everything she touched turned to gold'.
Tributes from across the political divide have been pouring in for Dame Tessa Jowell who died on Saturday at the age of 70, following a battle with brain cancer.
Tony Blair said “everything she touched turned to gold”, while Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn paid heartfelt respects to the Labour grandee.
As politicans from left and right spoke up, former Labour communcations chief Alastair Cambell revealed on The Andrew Marr Show that one Tory MP was in tears after hearing the news last night.
Blair - who gave Jowell her first ministerial job - noted her achievements on equal pay, Sure Start and the 2012 Olympics in London.
“Everything she touched she turned to gold in some way,” he said.
“She did everything with the same passion, determination, verve, ability and charm. So she was a unique politician but she was a really dear friend.”
The former prime minister added: "She was never going to be playing games, she was always absolutely straight with you. But when it came down to it... she was always there for me."