Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hero politician battled to save life of stabbed police officer who later died

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to a police officer outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after a policeman was stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood (centre) helps emergency services attend to a police officer outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after a policeman was stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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The UK foreign minister attempted to save the life of a police officer stabbed inside the gates of London parliament.

Tobias Ellwood was pictured giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the stricken officer. He also attempted to stem the blood flow by applying pressure to the wounds.

Mr Ellwood – himself a former soldier – remained with the injured officer waiting for the air ambulance to arrive, which landed in Parliament Square.

The politician was later seen with bloodied hands talking to officers close to the incident before returning to the Foreign Office.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A source close to Mr Ellwood told The Telegraph: "[He] tried to give mouth to mouth and stem blood flow from multiple stab wounds to the officer until the chopper and medics arrived."

Mr Ellwood has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office since July 2014, covering the Middle East and Africa brief. He has been an MP for Bournemouth East since 2005.

Mr Ellwood lost his brother Jon in the Bali terror attack in October 2002 which killed 202 people including 27 Britons.

He has previously talked about the difficulty in getting the body of Jon, who was a teacher, back from the country after the attack.

MPs from across the political spectrum praised him as a "hero". Sir Alan Duncan, a Tory minister who works with Mr Ellwood in the Foreign Office, told The Telegraph: "He has done very well. He was the right man in the right place."

"Good for him. He has a military background and he is the sort of person who leaps into action. He is just a proper get-on-with-it guy in a crisis. I'm going to give him a very stiff drink."

Ben Howlett, the Tory MP, tweeted: "Tobias Ellwood is an absolute hero for what he did to help the policeman this afternoon!"

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: "Today, Tobias gave MPs a good name. He was utterly heroic, pure and simple. He went above and beyond and did all he could to save a police officer."

Mr Ellwood has previously spoken about how hard it was to get his brother's body home after being killed in the Bali bombing.

"We just wanted to bring my brother's body back to Britain, as simple as that. But it's not that simple," Mr Ellwood said in 2012. "You need death certificates in both languages, embalming certificates, sealing certificates.

"All these processes require time and people to participate. None of that happened. I had to do many of those things myself to the point where I ended up screwing the lid down on the coffin myself. That can't be right."

Jake Berry, the Tory MP for Rossendale and Darwen, said: "What an amazing and brave action from this former soldier. "He showed compassion for everyone who works here in Parliament and every police officer who works to keep us safe."

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