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MP was knifed over Iraq war, court told

A woman tried to kill an MP in revenge for the Iraq war, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Roshonara Choudhry (21) stabbed Labour's Stephen Timms twice in the stomach during a constituency surgery in May this year as “punishment” because he voted for the invasion of Iraq.

Choudhry is accused of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

The jury was told that Choudhry refused to recognise the court's jurisdiction. She will not attend court and has instructed her legal team not to challenge any prosecution evidence.

Mr Timms, who has since fully recovered, said that as Choudhry entered the meeting room she was smiling and offered to shake his hand before stabbing him.

A detective told the court that the accused had told police:“I was trying to kill him because he wanted to invade Iraq,” before adding, “I was not going to stop until someone made me. I wanted to kill him.”

The judge is expected to begin summing-up the case today.

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