The opposing party leaders are normally seen tearing each other’s policies apart both on television and in the House of Commons, but the prestigious event saw the nation’s politicians, alongside Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, come together to present three important trophies.
Introducing the trio was presenter Carol Vorderman, who pointedly recognised the monumental moment by saying: “They have united to present this award, please welcome sharing the stage, Prime Minister Theresa May, leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable.”
Dedicating one accolade to PC Keith Palmer, who died in the Westminster terror attack in March, May declared: “Keith Palmer devoted his life to the service of his country and as he stood in defence of parliament facing down and tackling that evil terrorist unarmed, he stood for Britain.
“He gave his life for Britain, he was quite simply the pride of Britain, because it is entirely fitting that tonight this award is being given for the first time ever posthumously in memory of PC Keith Palmer.”
The Conservative party leader warmly gave her support to Palmer’s friends and family, and even offered her hand as one broke down in tears.
Speaking about the second London terror incident on London Bridge in June, Corbyn continued: “Chief constable Wayne Marques of British Transport police probably wasn’t expecting anything like this when he went on duty that night.
“He saw danger, he saw people at risk of losing their lives and he potentially laid down his own life so that others might live.”
Cable was the only one to verbally recognise the importance of the three of them standing together however, and went on to say that they were “united”.
“Whatever differences we have politically, I think we’re completely and totally united in wanting to honour the real heroes that our country produces and we have them right here,” he added.
The awards also saw Prince William and David Beckham make surprising gestures to teenager Moin Yousin, 17.
Yousin’s idol and famous footballer Beckham announced he would be winning the prestigious award, while Prince William even wore his Aston Villa scarf, in a sign of solidarity.
The Pride of Britain Awards are available to stream on the ITV Hub now.
Published at Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:46:00 +0000