BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Friday, 1 November, 2002, 18:46 GMT
Mugged MP blames late hours
Jim Cousins MP
Jim Cousins had just voted against late sittings
A Labour MP who was mugged as he left the House of Commons has blamed the unusual working hours of Parliament for the attack.

Newcastle MP Jim Cousins had just voted against the centuries-old tradition of late-night debates in the House of Commons when he was mugged.

Mr Cousins, 58, was returning to his flat in Chiswick, west London, when he was attacked by a young man who demanded money.

He was left with minor cuts and bruises after refusing to hand over any cash in the attack, at 0115 GMT on Wednesday.

'Ironic situation'

Mr Cousins said that none of his possessions were taken and his injuries did not require any medical treatment.

He said: "I had just come out of the House of Commons having voted to end these ridiculous late night sittings that we go in for.

"That is one of the ironies of the whole situation.

"But it makes me feel that in voting for modernisation and reform of the House of Commons, I had been doing the right thing."

Mr Cousins has been MP for Newcastle Central since June 1987.


Click here to go to Tyne
See also:

30 Oct 02 | Politics
06 May 01 | Politics
01 Nov 00 | Politics
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes