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Murder bid woman 'had list of MPs'

A woman convicted of trying to murder Labour MP Stephen Timms in revenge for him voting for the Iraq war had a list of other politicians.

Roshonara Choudhry, 21, stabbed Mr Timms during a constituency surgery in east London in May.

It can now be revealed that she compiled a list of other MPs who voted for the Iraq war.

Choudhry told detectives she attacked Mr Timms as a "punishment" and "to get revenge for the people of Iraq", prosecutor William Boyce QC told the Old Bailey.

A source said: "She had researched the voting records of a number of MPs around the Iraq war."

Choudhry stabbed East Ham MP Mr Timms as he held a surgery in Beckton Globe community centre on May 14. She smiled and pretended she was going to shake the former Government minister's hand but instead knifed him twice in the stomach.

An Old Bailey jury convicted Choudhry, of Central Park Road, East Ham, of attempted murder and two knife possession charges on Tuesday.

The court heard that Mr Timms, 55, Labour MP for East Ham and a former Treasury minister, has since recovered.

The jury retired for just 14 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts, in what was described as an "unusual" case by the judge, Mr Justice Cooke.

Choudhry, who refused to go to court, had told her barrister Jeremy Dein QC that she did not accept its jurisdiction, and did not wish him to challenge the prosecution case.


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