Hero minister Tobias Ellwood leads Westminster terror commemorations

Written by James Millar on 22 March 2018 in Diary

Former soldier breaks down in tears as he remembers efforts to save PC Keith Palmer one year ago

Westminster has marked the first anniversary since five people died during a terror attack that targeted parliament.

Four people were killed when Khalid Masood drove through crowds on Westminster bridge. He then ran into the grounds of parliament and stabbed PC Keith Palmer before armed police stopped him.

Tory Tobias Ellwood, a former soldier whose brother died in the 2002 Bali bombing, ran to join efforts to keep PC Palmer alive. Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning Ellwood, now a junior defence minister, was visibly moved as he recalled returning home after the incident to find his young son in tears. He explained: "All I could offer was there are some bad people in the world, but.. it's the good people that win."

MPs observed a minute's silence before business began in the Commons and Prime Minister Theresa May laid a floral tribute outside parliament. At lunchtime a service was held in Westminster Hall attended by Speaker John Bercow and the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Overnight the words 'London United' are to be projected at four sites where terror attacks took place in London last year - parliament, London Bridge, Finsbury Park mosque and Parson's Green tube station. London mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled plans for a memorial that will allow members of the public to leave condolence messages which will become part of a 3-D illustration at City Hall. He said: "Londoners will never forget the horrific terror attacks on our city in 2017. We will never forget the bravery of our emergency services and first responders who ran towards danger while urging the rest of us to run to safety."

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