Ex Dacorum councillor Tobias Ellwood praised as 'hero' in Westminster Attacks

Tobias Ellwood was praised for his actions in parliament today.
Tobias Ellwood was praised for his actions in parliament today.
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A former Dacorum Borough Councillor has been hailed as a 'hero' for his attempts to save the life of a police officer in yesterday's terrorist attack in Westminster.

Tobias Ellwood, who is now the MP for Bournemouth East, was formerly a ward councillor for Dacorum Borough Council.

He was elected to the Aldbury and Wigginton ward in the 1990s, before contesting the 2001 general election as a parliamentary candidate in Worsley for the Conservative party in 2001.

Though failing to win the seat in 2001, he was selected by the Tories to contest the Bournemouth East seat in 2005, where he won with a 5,000 majority.

Mr Ellwood's brother, Jonathan, from Aldbury, was a teacher in Vietnam who was killed in the 2002 Bali bombings.

Mr Ellwood, a Foreign Minister and former solider, was widely pictured helping emergency services treat PC Keith Palmer, who sadly died later from his injuries.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Yesterday we saw the worst in humanity, but we will remember the best. We will remember the extraordinary efforts to save PC Palmer, including those by my Right Honourable friend for Bournemouth East."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those who praised Mr Ellwood for his efforts, telling the House of Commons: "Our thanks and gratitude go to the police and emergency services who responded so bravely, and to those – including the MP Tobias Ellwood – who went to the aid of the injured and dying."

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, who was also in Westminster during the attack, has also paid tribute to the response of the emergency services.