UK Parliament terror attack: Lawmaker hailed as hero for helping policeman

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, a former soldier, is being praised for his attempts to save a police officer who was stabbed in the attack on Westminster on Wednesday (local time).

According to The Telegraph, Mr Ellwood has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office since July 2014 and has been MP for Bournemouth East for almost twelve years.

As of yet, four people have been confirmed dead and at least 20 injured as a result of the tragedy, in which the suspect allegedly ran pedestrians over with a vehicle before stabbing the police officer outside of Parliament.

Mr Ellwood, who was pictured with blood on his face and clothes as he battled to help the police officer, was quoted by The Sun as saying the Westminster incident was a "huge tragedy". Sir Alan Duncan, a Tory minister who works with Mr Ellwood in the Foreign Office, told The Telegraph: "He has done very well".

The fast actions of Ellwood - a former Royal Army officer whose brother was killed by terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia, in 2002 - proved to be in vain.

Gunfire was heard just before 3pm near Parliament, with a government minister confirming a police officer was stabbed and the assailant shot by armed police.

Surrounded by a throng of police officers and emergency personnel, Ellwood was seen crouching on the cobblestone street applying pressure to the bare, bloodied torso of the victim. He has been an MP for Bournemouth East since 2005.

His brother, a teacher, had been in Bali for a conference and was killed when a blast tore through the nightclub district of Kuta.

The alleged attacker is believed ot have hit pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before running into the entrance of Parliament.

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It is thought multiple police officers were injured as the knifeman fought to get close to Parliament and inside the fence.

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