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Woman charged over stab attack on MP Stephen Timms

Stpehen Timms MP
Stephen Timms is expected to be sent home in the next few days

A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of Labour MP Stephen Timms, who was stabbed twice in the stomach at his constituency surgery.

The former treasury minister, 54, was left covered in blood after the attack in Newham, east London, on Friday.

Roshonara Choudhary, 21, of East Ham, has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

She is due to appear at Stratford Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A spokesman for the Royal London Hospital said Mr Timms was recovering well following an operation.

'Comfortable and resting'

The hospital spokeswoman said on Saturday: "Stephen Timms had surgery yesterday evening at the Royal London Hospital to repair his stab wounds.

"The operation went well. He is comfortable and resting on a ward.

"It is anticipated that he will be discharged from hospital in the next few days to recuperate at home."

Newham Council said it was reviewing security arrangements following the incident.

A spokeswoman said: "Stephen is a popular MP, well-respected by local residents and we wish him a speedy recovery."

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