Considering the police's proven ability in Newham to dramatically misjudge intelligance and spread unfounded rumour, this sounds incredibly suspicious to me. However, Channel 4 News reported this evening that the knife attack on 14 May on my local MP Stephen Timms is being treated by police as a "terrorist investigation". Timms' assailant Roshonara Choudhary has been charged with attempted murder.
The report also claims that four MPs, including Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, have been offered "advice and assistance" by the police about the risk of attack by Islamist extremists.
Time to start asking around, I think, although I suppose it makes a change from crazed accusations claiming Timms is himself a terrorist sympathiser.
Channel 4 News understands Scotland Yard is reviewing security for all 650 members of parliament in the wake of fears over Islamist extremists.
Senior police sources have expressed concern that politicians may be at risk from so-called "self-radicalisers" - lone extremists who are not part of an organised plot but who are inspired by al-Qaida. Scotland Yard tonight declined to comment.
The disclosure comes two weeks after the former minister Stephen Timms was stabbed while speaking to constituents. The attack in east London by a young Asian woman is now being treated as a terrorist investigation. His assailant is believed to have been radicalised by Islamist extremists.