Stephen Timms MP Attacked During Surgery
I was shocked today to hear the news that East Ham MP Stephen Timms was today stabbed during his constituency surgery. Apparently a 21 year old woman stabbed him in the abdomen whilst attending the surgery purporting to be seeking the MP’s assistance. It is a fear that has stalked MPs since the former Cheltenham MP Nigel Jones was attacked with a sword during a constituency surgery. Sadly during that incident his constituency assistant was killed.
It is unfortunately the way of the world that politicians at all levels sometimes attract those whose sanity could be questioned. Fortunately events such as today’s and that in Cheltenham are very rare. However, precautions have to be taken and no MP or Councillor should be in a position of meeting unknown members of the public alone. Many MPs have switched to appointment only surgeries but by and large Councillors still operate open surgeries. The difference is that most Councillor surgeries are conducted with two or three Councillors present.
I am sure all readers will join with me in sending Stephen Timms very best wishes for a swift recovery.