Sports and community groups in south London have expressed concerns that Dame Tessa Jowell has been hired by a company founded by Mrs Thatcher’s former spin doctor, and which has strong connections to backers of the controversial Garden Bridge project and has advocated the demolition of athletics facilities at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
Jowell, who is 67, retired from Parliament in May. When she was still the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, the former Olympics Minister was one of the most senior voices to speak out against the Tory Mayor of London’s plans to bulldoze the National Sports Centre.
But now Jowell has been appointed as the non-executive chair of a company owned by Chime Communications. It was another Chime subsidiary, CSM Strategic, which conducted the heavily criticised Crystal Palace NSC consultation on behalf of London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Jowell’s appointment as executive chair at Chime Specialist was announced earlier this month. The company is a subsidiary of Chime, the global communications and sports marketing firm which was founded by Tim Bell, the former PR adviser to Thatcher.