Westminster attack anniversary: Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood tears up as he recalls chat with son after trying in vain to save police officer

Staff Reporter

The MP who tried in vain to save the life of a police officer who was stabbed by a man who had ploughed his car into a crowd on Westminster Bridge, fought back the tears as he recalled having to explain the attack to his son.

On the first anniversary of the attack, Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said he returned home to find his boy his son at the top of the stairs in tears.

“There are some bad people in the world, but there are a lot more good people and it’s the good people that win," the Defence Minister replied when his son asked him "why?"

Mr Ellwood gave mouth-to-mouth Keith Harwood after he was stabbed by Khalid Masood, but the police officer later died.

British mother Aysha Frade, Romanian architect Andreea Cristea, pensioner Leslie Rhodes, American tourist Kurt Cochran, were also killed when the 52-year-old ploughed his car in crowds on Westminster Bridge on 22 March 2017. He was later shot dead by police.

“We’re going through a dark chapter at the moment, I think there are some big challenges across the world and to our way of life,” Mr Ellwood told the BBC. “We’re not going to be kowtowed by this… We have a resolve to stand up to this.”

MPs observed a minute’s silence to remember the 14 people killed in four London terror attacks last year.