Mo Mowlam moved to hospice

Just seen this on the bbc’s website. It looks like Mo’s condition is worsening. Let’s hope she’s able to put up a brave fight.

Mo Mowlam transferred to hospice

Ex-cabinet minister Mo Mowlam is widely popular

Critically ill former Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam has been moved from hospital to a hospice in Kent to be closer to her family.

Ms Mowlam, 55, was taken to hospital in London two weeks ago. Hospital officials say her condition is still “critical but stable”.

She has now been transferred from King’s College Hospital in London to Pilgrim Hospice in Canterbury,

No details of her illness have been given by her doctors.

The hospital has refused to say whether or not it is connected to her previous brain tumour.

Jail talks

Ms Mowlam, Labour MP for Redcar between 1987-2001, oversaw the talks which led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

In 1998, as Northern Ireland secretary, she went inside the Maze Prison when it became clear that the peace process would only succeed with the backing of the prisoners. The loyalist UDA/UFF prisoners had previously withdrawn their support for the process.

She spoke to the prisoners face-to-face for 60 minutes, and two hours later the paramilitaries’ political representatives announced they were being allowed to rejoin the talks.

In 1999 she was replaced as Northern Ireland secretary by Peter Mandelson, and became Tony Blair’s Cabinet Office “enforcer”.

She subsequently stood down as an MP and in recent years has pursued a career in the media.

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