Mo Mowlam dies

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

Ms Mowlam served as Britain’s Northern Ireland secretary, and died at a hospice in Canterbury, southeast England, a week after she was transferred from a London hospital.

The cause of death has not been disclosed, but she had previously suffered a brain tumour, and friends on Thursday said her condition had deteriorated.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair remembered Ms Mowlam in a statement, saying she had one of the shrewdest political minds he has encountered, as well as a remarkable personality.

“[She was] great company, utterly irreverent, full of life and fun,” he said.

“She transformed the politics not just of Northern Ireland itself, but crucially of relations between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, and it was this transformation that created the culture in which peace-making could flourish.”

Other Labour politicians have paid tribute to her, describing her as “serious, smart, fun and a fighter”, and Conservative leader Michael Howard said she was held in great affection by many people.

Ms Mowlam had reportedly asked not to be resuscitated, and in the last few days food and water were withdrawn.

“Mo Mowlam passed away today at 8.10am,” family spokesman Brian Basham said.

“Her family wishes to thank the many well wishers who have sent cards, messages and flowers and to say that, although, the funeral will be a private family occasion, there will be a memorial event in a few months.

Ms Mowlam is the second member of Mr Blair’s original government to die this month, after former foreign secretary Robin Cook — who quit the cabinet in 2003 in protest over the Iraq war — collapsed while hill climbing in his native Scotland, aged 59.

Ms Mowlam was one of Britain’s most popular politicians, admired for her frank opinions, her bravery in fighting her brain tumour and for her role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

The Good Friday agreement she helped to broker set out a blueprint for power-sharing between Protestants and Catholics in strife-torn Northern Ireland.

She was attempting to recover from the brain tumour at the time.

Ms Mowlam was born in Watford, northwest of London, on September 18, 1949, into a cash-strapped family and to an alcoholic father.

The family moved to Coventry, in the Midlands, where she attended a state-funded high school before going on to university in Britain and the United States.

She worked as a lecturer and university administrator before being elected to parliament in 1987.

In 1995 she married Jon Norton, a merchant banker who supported the Labour Party.

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