Hero's welcome for MP Tobias Ellwood after he tried to save life of PC Keith Palmer

Sean Morrison
Hero: Tobias Ellwood MP given hero's welcome by Parliament Police officers: Getty Images

Hero MP Tobias Ellwood had a touching moment with Parliament’s police officers on Friday morning, just days after he desperately tried to save their colleague’s life.

Mr Ellwood, a Conservative foreign minister and former soldier, was heralded as a hero for attempting to resuscitate and staunch the wounds of PC Keith Palmer.

As the Westminster area was being evacuated following Wednesday’s terror attack, Mr Ellwood dashed to the cop who was fatally stabbed protecting the gates of Parliament on Wednesday.

There have been calls for the Bournemouth MP to be knighted for his bravery amid the chaotic scenes in the Palace yard where Mr Palmer was fatally stabbed by killer Khalid Masood.

Bloodied: Tobias Ellwood attempts to save PC Keith Palmer (PA)

And as the courageous MP returned to Westminster on Friday, he was photographed shaking hands with an armed police officer.

Detectives named Masood on Thursday afternoon, just over 24 hours after he mowed down dozens of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and slaughtered Mr Palmer outside Parliament.

The Prime Minister hailed the "extraordinary" bravery of Mr Ellwood as calls grew for him to be given an honour after he ran towards gunfire and tried to give Mr Palmer CPR.

His bravery was praised by many MPs, who had gathered in the House of Commons chamber to listen and respond to Theresa May's statement on the terror attack.

But Mr Ellwood, whose brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing, shook his head as a fellow MP called for him to be recognised in the honours list.

The scene outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Speaking after the atrocity unfolded, Mr Ellwood said: “I was on the scene and as soon as I realised what was going on I headed towards it.

“I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouth-to-mouth while waiting for the medics to arrive but I think he had lost too much blood.

“He had multiple wounds, under the arm and in the back.”

Mr Palmer was among four other victims whose lives were taken by terrorist Masood as he ploughed through several pedestrians on the bridge and killing the officer.

The attacker also died. He was shot by a police officer moments after he stabbed Mr Palmer multiple times.

American Kurt Cochran, Spaniard Aysha Frade and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham were the others named as those who died in Wednesday’s attack.

It is now thought at least 50 people were injured in the terror attack with 31 being hospitalised.

Two people remain in a critical condition and one person is suffering from life-threatening injuries.

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