Labour MP stabbed by angry constituent
Published 15/05/2010 | 05:00
A BRITISH Labour MP was recovering in hospital last night after being stabbed during his first constituency advice surgery since the general election.
Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham and a vice-chairman of the Labour Party, is thought to have been knifed twice in the stomach while meeting a female constituent at Beckton Globe community hall at 3.20pm yesterday.
The woman reportedly became angry towards the end of her appointment.
It is unknown why the woman wanted to see Mr Timms (54). A 21-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene.
A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said: "Police were called at 3.20pm following reports of a man in his 50s stabbed at Kingsford Way, East London. Police and ambulance attended. He has been taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A 21-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody."
Mr Timms has been the MP for East Ham since 1994. Last week he was returned to parliament with an increased majority of 27, 826, which is thought to be the largest of any MP. He holds a surgery at the centre in Beckton on the second Friday of every month.
Mr Timms has regularly spoken out against knife crime in his constituency, particularly among young people.