Ellwood shuns the spot­light

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

THE HERO of last week’s West­min­ster Bridge ter­ror­ist at­tack, For­eign Of­fice Min­is­ter To­bias Ellwood, can­celled his ap­pear­ance at the last minute as guest speaker at Yachad’s an­nual fund-rais­ing din­ner on Mon­day evening.

Nearly 200 guests had been anx­iously wait­ing to hear Mr Ellwood, who is Min­is­ter for the Mid­dle East, on what would have been his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since his at­tempt to save the life of PC Keith Palmer, fa­tally stabbed by Khalid Ma­sood last Wed­nes­day.

Mr Ellwood had had ev­ery in­ten­tion of at­tend­ing the Yachad event, and had con­firmed as late as 6pm that evening. But a re­newed wave of pub­lic­ity, in­clud­ing pic­tures of him view­ing the flo­ral trib­utes to PC Palmer in Parliament Square, which ap­peared in Mon­day’s

had con­vinced him the best way to deal with the un­wanted lime­light was to keep a low pro­file.

A re­source­ful Hannah We­is­feld, Yachad’s direc­tor, per­suaded one of the guests to stand in for Mr Ellwood. Gina Miller, the busi­ness­woman who has per­sis­tently chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment’s Brexit strat­egy in court, said she “com­pletely un­der­stood” Mr Ellwood’s reser­va­tions as she her­self had been the fo­cus of un­wanted pub­lic­ity.

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