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Timms ‘keen to get back to work’

20 May 2010

by Ed Beavan

STEPHEN TIMMS (above), the Labour MP for East Ham and a member of the Christian Socialist Movement, was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after he had been stabbed by a woman at a con­stituency surgery last Friday.

Mr Timms’s parliamentary re­searcher, Ali Gordon, said on Tuesday that the MP was “keen to get back to work”, but had been advised to take at least a month off to recuperate. He said that Mr Timms, who attends Plaistow Christian Fellowship, had recovered well from an operation at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Mr Timms was re-elected as MP for East Ham with a majority of more than 27,000, the highest individual vote for a Labour MP.

On Monday, Roshonara Choud­hary, aged 21, of East Ham, appeared at Stratford Magistrates Court, charged with attempted murder. A statement on Mr Timms’s website on Monday said that the Minister was “aware of the hearing that took place in Stratford Magistrates Court today”, but that he would “not comment further on Friday’s events”.

Ms Choudhary is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 1 June.

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