Ellwood shuns the spotlight
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.