Obama and Cameron: the truth at last

Clinton to meet Hague over Europe allies

Sometimes when you wait long enough, reality emerges for all to see. And so it is this morning with the news that Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, will meet tomorrow with William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, amid fast-growing concerns in Washington over the British Conservative Party's foreign policy. Clinton may wish to ask Hague why he has been wrong on every controversial issue he has tried to contain for his party.

I first reported such concerns in the Obama administration back last year, before being widely condemned in the Tory media. I followed this up here, having already reported concerns in the European Jewish community over Cameron's links to Michal Kaminski. Again I was attacked -- and smeared -- by Tories as they became increasingly desperate about this sensitive and embarassing story. It is now clear that these concerns, including those in the Jewish community, have indeed spread to the US.

So, to Conservative press officers, Daniel Hannan, Stephen Pollard and the many members of the unofficial Tory Rapid Rebuttal Unit: I hate to say I told you so, but . . .

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.