Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson rushed to help woman who had collapsed in North London on their way to a campaign event yesterday. The patient, who was in her 20s, was comforted by the pair until paramedics arrived to take over, reports the Daily Mail.
The politicians – who are often at odds with each other in public – were sharing the Prime Ministerial car when they spotted her, demanded the vehicle stop and got out to offer some help. The incident took place on Sheepcote Road in the Harrow-on-the-Hill area of North London.
Both men were on their way to a series of events as a show of unity ahead of the European and Local Elections on 22nd May. They did a photo call at Harrow College Skills Centre, where the Mayor of London was taught how to mix cement. They then teamed up to win a game of table tennis against some local youngsters.
Paramedic Dominic Stark, who attended the scene, said: “The Prime Minister and Boris Johnson had pulled over when they noticed a woman collapsed on the street.
“When I arrived a few minutes later, I found the PM holding the woman’s hand. I took over caring for the patient and they left a few minutes later.”
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service confirmed they had been called to the scene at 11.19. They had a paramedic on the scene within three minutes and the Ambulance itself arrived shortly after that. The woman was taken to hospital and was “ok” in the end.
A source close to the Prime Minister said: “It is less dramatic than it sounds.”
The PM also took the opportunity of campaigning with Boris to reiterate his desire for the Mayor of London to run for Parliament in 2015. “It’s obviously a matter for Boris but I hope he will look at coming back in the next election,” David Cameron said.
“I have just said he will be welcome as part of my team. I obviously want all the strongest Conservatives, as it were, on the pitch before the next election.”
There have been concerns that Mr Johnson was deliberately ‘sitting the election out’ so that he could take the leadership if Cameron loses. Also by being part of the team he strengthens the Prime Minister and makes him more likely to win the election, meaning there would be no vacancy for party leader.
It is generally accepted that Boris wants to become Prime Minister and having been the Mayor that delivered the 2012 London Olympics he is in a strong position.