Mr Timms told the Old Bailey he thought Roshonara Choudhry, 21, was coming to shake hands, and she smiled before lunging at him on May 14 this year.
Mr Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, was sent ‘‘reeling and staggering” before retreating into the men’s toilets at the community centre in Beckton, east London.
His assistant Andrew Bazeley prised the kitchen knife away from her and she was placed in a ”bear hug” by a security guard before police arrived. Another knife was found in her bag.
Choudhry told detectives she was trying to kill Mr Timms for ”punishment” and ”to get revenge for the people of Iraq”, prosecutor William Boyce QC, said.
”When asked why she had stabbed him a second time she said ‘because I wasn’t going to stop stabbing until someone made me’,” Mr Boyce added.
Choudhry, who was not in court, is accused of attempted murder and two charges of having an offensive weapon.
Jeremy Dein QC, defending, said she did not recognise the jurisdiction of the court and did not wish her lawyers to challenge evidence put before the jury.
…The MP said: “She didn’t go and sit down as she continued to come towards me where I was standing to greet her at that point.
“I thought she must have been coming to shake my hand. She made as if she was coming to do that. She looked friendly. She was smiling, if I remember rightly.
“I was a little puzzled because a Muslim woman dressed in that way wouldn’t normally be willing to shake a man’s hand, still less to take the initiative to do so, but that is what she was doing.
“She lunged at me with her right hand.”
Mr Timms pointed at his stomach to show the jury where the knife had gone in.
He said: “I think I knew that I had been stabbed although I didn’t feel anything and I can’t recall actually seeing a knife but I think I said ‘She has a knife’ or words to that effect.
“I attempted to push away the second lunge but was not successful.”