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Woman held after MP Stephen Timms is stabbed in East London

PUBLISHED: 19:58 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 October 2010

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A WOMAN is in custody tonight following the stabbing of former Labour Government minister Stephen Timms in East London. The MP is hospital in a stable condition after being knifed in the stomach at his constituency surgery in Beckton

By Mike Brooke

A WOMAN is in custody tonight following the stabbing of former Labour Government minister Stephen Timms in East London.

The MP is in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where he is in a stable condition after being knifed in the stomach while running his weekly constituency surgery in Beckton at 3.15 this-afternoon.

But his injuries are not life-threatening. He has been reported sitting up and talking to nursing staff.

Mr Timms, 54, who served at the Treasury under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, was re-elected MP for East Ham with a 27,800 majority, or 70 per cent, in last week’s General Election, the largest margin in the new Parliament.

The married father-of-three was stabbed in the Beckton Globe Library in Kingsford Way while holding his first surgery of the new Parliamentary term.

The stabbing has raised security issues with Labour’s acting leader Harriet Harman.

“We can’t have a situation where MPs are at risk,” she said.

“One of the great strengths of the British political system is the every-day accessibility of MPs to their constituents.

“But Parliament needs to consider how best to ensure MPs can carry out their responsibilities safely.”

Mr Timms has regularly spoken out against growing knife crime in East London, particularly among youngsters.

He spoke at an event in 2006 marking the death of 15-year-old Charlotte Polius in the street the previous year and backed Labour legislation giving teachers the power to search pupils for weapons.

A 21-year-old woman is in custody following today’s stabbing, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

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