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Ex-Ulster Secretary Mo Mowlam dead

Mo Mowlam

Mo Mowlam  

LONDON: British politician Mo Mowlam — whose no-nonsense negotiating as Northern Ireland Secretary helped forge the province's landmark peace accord — died on Friday, a family spokesman said. She was 55. Prime Minister Tony Blair paid tribute to his former Cabinet Minister, saying she had transformed the politics of Northern Ireland and played a key role in the revival of his Labour Party. ``Mo was surely one of the most remarkable and colourful personalities ever to come into politics. Great company, utterly irreverent, full of life and fun,'' Mr. Blair said in a statement released by his Downing Street office. Ms. Mowlam, who had recently suffered balance problems after receiving radiotherapy for a brain tumour, hit her head in a fall last month, a family friend said. She was admitted to King's College Hospital in London, but failed to regain consciousness and was transferred last week to a hospice in Canterbury, the friend said. Carers followed her request that she not be kept alive artificially and withdrew life support earlier this week, the friend said. — AP

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