May 14th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Member of U.K. parliament stabbed

U.K. parliament member Stephen Timms was stabbed, the Labour Party said.

A member of parliament in the United Kingdom, Stephen Timms of the Labour Party, has been stabbed, the party press office said Friday.

Timms was taken to a London hospital where his condition was described as "not life threatening," the press office said.

Police said a 21-year-old woman was taken into custody. Timms has represented West Ham since 1994.

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  1. David

    His injuries are non-life threatening... so to everyone talking about "taking away knives" realize that if this were a gun he'd probably be dead now.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jose


    May 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josue

    This is stupid. How could a 21yr old woman stab a member of the government. It's obvious that these members of the government should have some sort of protection and that should involve some sort of firearm. In the United States, the president is the most protected man in the world thanks to firearms carried by security forces. Hence, guns play an important role in protection.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rodfromnc

    # 75 It was a Republican, Eric Cantor, Minority Whip from the House. He made a big deal to make it seem like He was a target of violence thus minimizing the Tea party violence.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philo

    GoinJohnGalt, you silly person. The huge majority of TEA Party activists were in favor of the Iraq war. Tens of thousands of innocents killed for no reason. Do you ignore that as it was not on your doorstep. Even the neocons realize the mistake and they are as mad as monkeys.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jess

    I wouldnt be throwing stones UK people. First of all it happened there not in US. Second of all you may outlaw guns but that does not mean your underground does not have them. Get a clue.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cedar rapids

    'You let the cops and military have guns but then let them take yours? What right do they have? Only a nation of brainwashed slaves would give up the right to protect themselves'

    What? Protect themselves from the cops and military huh?
    I guess the Brits arent expecting their government to start shooting them anytime soon.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LousLuv

    Quote 69=LousLuv, simply stating it isn't true doesn't make it true.

    Those three fingers coming back at ya, are they manicured or gloved?

    To quote YOU : "I have seen violence gone down"
    N0 fact anywhere near the sentence or in the contribution itself.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    Only a brainwashed nation like ours has a group like the NRA... it's amazing how many people say "oh, if he had a gun, everything would have been OK"..

    What stupidity... How often have you had to protect your home from an intruder? Guns are just for those suffering from penis envy... More often than not, these owners are typically the ones who were probably bullied.

    It's true.. Just notice how "macho" they think they are with the gun. Take the gun away from them, and they'll change to a coward.

    If we didn't have guns, I guarantee the crime/murder rate in this country would drop. Guns more often than not are used for illegal purposes in the United States.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rodfromnc

    England has very little gun violence because they do not have guns. But the Canadians have as many guns as the US, but also have very little gun violence or homicides. The reason the US has gun violence is that people will sell their guns to criminals, allow them to be stolen or just give them to people/friends/family. Americans are very lax with gun security. Any attempt to make guns more secure is defeated by the Gun Lobby who want everyone to own a machine gun or tank. There will never be common sense reforms or even modifications until they put fingerprint triggers on them. I actually believe that NON-Violent felons be allowed to purchase guns as they did not commit violent crimes (such as growing a pot plant). An example of Republican-Gun Nut stupidity can be identified in this tag line from Jeff Miller, the Republican gubernatorial candidate form that idiot state of South Carolina. his tag line is "Gun Rights-Pro-Life"...that sums it up, doesn't it.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    So, since Timms lived, does he get to stab the 21 year-old woman after he gets out of the hospital? He could use her knife.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LousLuv

    Q?=What do you expect from a knife-toting nation?

    Crimes that are more personal than standing back and taking a shot at someone unarmed or out armed. The only honorable time for a gun in society is when your life or loved ones are being threatened with life and limb OR there is a duel.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Emmanuel Allie

    I have always wondered about the apparent lack of security protection for British politicians. I hope this event serves as a wake up call for the need to review security protection policy for public servants in the UK. I do wish the mp Stephen Timms a speedy recovery and God's speed.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jenny

    plainfact, are you suggesting that people in the U.S. are not hostile, aggressive and heartless? Because that would sound quite ridiculous.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sense

    If people want to harm others it does not matter what the law is regarding weapons. you can get a gun or a knife in the UK just as you can the states

    May 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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