Saturday, May 15, 2010

Headline Blooper or Punning the News

Labour MP Stephen Timms stabbed during constituency surgery

The story:-

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested after Stephen Timms, the Labour MP, was stabbed while holding his constituency surgery in Beckton, East London.

Mr Timms, a former junior Treasury minister, was stabbed in the abdomen but is in a stable condition after being taken to hospital. The incident happened as Mr Timms, who is MP for East Ham, was holding his weekly surgery.

For non-UK English speakers, "surgery" is a term used to describe a meeting, usually one-on-one, between a Member of Parliament (MP) and a constituent when issues of local concern are raised and discussed with the object of enlisting the MP's support.

(Kippah tip: JuniperintheDesert)

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