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MP: stab attack 'out of the blue'

An MP stabbed by a high-flying university student inspired by al Qaida has described the incident as like a "bolt out of the blue".

Stephen Timms backed calls for an overhaul of websites hosting terror videos as he said Roshonara Choudhry's online radicalisation was "puzzling and alarming".

Mr Timms was knifed twice by Choudhry at a constituency surgery in east London in May. She has been jailed for life for attempted murder.

The MP said: "My real worry about it all is that a very bright young woman with everything to live for would reach the conclusion that she should throw it all away by attempting to kill the local MP

"It is puzzling and alarming that she seems to have reached the conclusion by spending time on some website."

Mr Timms, 55, backed calls reportedly made by a Government minister urging US authorities to order American websites hosting terror videos to remove them.

Describing the moment he was attacked, he said: "I shouted out, 'What was that for?'. That was the last thing that I expected to happen and there was absolutely no explanation to me. She didn't say a word. It was a complete bolt out of the blue."

Mr Timms said the sentence was "appropriate" and added: "My main reaction is to be pleased and relieved it's all over, and gratitude to family and constituents who have been very supportive."

He said he had made "sensible arrangements" about his security in the future.

He said: "We have rearranged the surgery a little in the light of what happened but it is obviously very important for an MP to be accessible to their constituents and I am determined to continue to be accessible."

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