Stephen Timms MP's alarm at web hate sermons
The Labour MP stabbed by an al-Qaeda fanatic backed calls for restrictions on websites hosting extremist videos after seeing his attacker jailed for life.
By Gordon Rayner Chief Reporter 7:00AM GMT 04 Nov 2010
Stephen Timms said he found it "puzzling and alarming" that Roshonara Choudhry had been transformed from a quiet student into a terrorist simply by "spending time on some website".
Choudhry had tried to murder him as "punishment" for voting in favour of the Iraq war after she watched the online sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemen-based al-Qaeda preacher wanted over last week's parcel bomb plot to blow up aircraft. YouTube said it was taking action to remove al-Qaeda videos after The Daily Telegraph highlighted the problem yesterday. It followed requests to the White House from Baroness Neville-Jones, the security minister, to "take down this hateful material" from websites based in the US.
Mr Timms, 55, whose life was saved by an emergency operation following the attack at his surgery in East Ham, London, in May, 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.