Politics March 22, 2017
A British politician bravely stepped in to try and save the life of a police officer stabbed by a terrorist in today’s deadly attack on London.
Tobias Ellwood, a government minister responsible for anti-terrorism, performed resuscitation efforts amid the chaos within the courtyard of Parliament.
The former army officer was pictured with a bloodied face after being among those battling in vain to save the policeman, who is among four people confirmed dead in the horror.
At least 20 people have been injured in the terror attack which has stunned the world.
Ellwood, whose brother died in the Bali terrorist bombing of 2002, is being hailed as a hero for diving into help despite police ordering panicked crowds to rush to safety.
Fellow Conservative Member of Parliament Ben Howlett tweeted, “Tobias Ellwood is an absolute hero for what he did to help the policeman this afternoon!” Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat party leader Tim Farron 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.”
Student Hugh Dickinson later posted a picture of the politician on Twitter saying, “He had blood on his forehead as you can see but he wasn’t bleeding profusely.”
The as yet unidentified police offer he tried to help was stabbed by an assailant who had run down several pedestrians in a car on Westminster Bridge, killing two of them, moments before entering the grounds of Parliament with a knife.
The terrorist was shot and killed by police as he approached a second officer . At the sound of gunshots, the business of government was suspended and politicians evacuated from the House of Commons chamber.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called the terror incidents “sick and depraved” and vowed, “We will never give in to terror.”
The White House issued a statement after the attacks which read, “President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first reponders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”
But Donald Trump Jr. is coming under fire for insensitivity by reacting to the attack not with pledges of support but with criticism of London’s mayor Sadiq Khan. He re-tweeted a six-month old comment from Khan that terror attacks were “part and parcel” of living in a big city and added the comment. “You have to be kidding me.”
Typical of the angry reaction was that by Andy Lassner, executive producer of the Ellen De Generes talk show, who tweeted of Don Junior, “You’re as big a d— as your dad.”
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