An English man living in Huntingdonshire spent thirteen years with a knife in his back having 'forgotten' he was stabbed, because he was drunk with power at the time.
Police said doctors had found the stiletto knife buried hilt-deep after the 67-year-old asked them to remove what he thought was a boil.
The man, named as John Major, recalled 'receiving a blow to the back at a Conservative party rally around midnight, the day before polling day 1997'. It is thought it might have been planted there by someone immediately behind him.
"There were several party revellers, many Cabinet members, directly behind Mr. Major on the platform." a police spokesman told reporters on Tuesday. "He told us he remembered feeling rather sore the Friday after polling day, but that he wasn't really one for going to the doctor and besides, he was busy moving house and going to a cricket match."
Mr. Major, who has lived in the sleepy hamlet of Obscurity for several years, is expected to be released from hospital later this week. The dagger, which was lodged between his shoulder blades and did not penetrate his heart, was removed yesterday.
A police spokesman said that chances of forensic evidence turning anything up after thirteen years were slim, but that they were investigating engraved interlinked monogrammes on the hilt of the dagger, bearing the initials 'MH', 'MP' and 'PL'.