Five of the Best

The top five comment pieces from today's papers.

Roy Hattersley explains how the new Speaker can stop Prime Minister's Questions "sounding like a bad afternoon in an infant school playground."

The Guardian's Gary Younge on why a Conservative victory "would improve nothing".

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that in these straitened times the left should consider means-testing for child benefit and transport for the retired.

In the Telegraph, Nick Squires examines whether Silvio Berlusconi can ride out the sex scandals developing around him.

Sash Tusa
argues that abandoning Trident would relegate Britain to the "second rank of European countries".

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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.