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Former Labour minister stabbed in east London office

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-12-13

British MP Stephen Timms was stabbed Friday at his constituency office in east London. Timms, former treasury minister in the previous Labour government, was hospitalised and is said to be in stable condition.

REUTERS - British lawmaker Stephen Timms, a former treasury minister in the previous Labour government, has been stabbed at his constituency office in east London, the party and police said on Friday.

Timms, 54, was taken to a local hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, said a statement from the Labour Party, which bowed out of government this week after 13 years of power.

"Stephen Timms was stabbed this afternoon during one of his regular advice surgeries at the Beckton Globe community facility ... his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. He has received visitors and is in good spirits," the party said.

Police said a 21-year-old woman had been arrested in connection with the incident in east London on Friday afternoon.

Timms, who was elected to parliament in 1994 after working in the telecommunications industry and serving on a local council, held several ministerial posts under Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor Tony Blair.

A Cambridge maths graduate, Timms has lived in east London since 1979.

In 2000, a Liberal Democrat councillor was murdered by a man with a samurai sword at the offices of Cheltenham member of parliament Nigel Jones, who was also seriously hurt in the attack.

Date created : 2010-05-15


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