VIDEO: Boris, Dave and Ed boogie to the Spice Girls

The gif that keeps on giving.

Surely the highlight of the Olympic closing ceremony was the quick cutaway to the VIP area during the Spice Girls performance. It captured David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband and their wives dancing with... let's go with "abandon".

This being 2012, year of the Great Gif Resurgence, this was doing the rounds on Twitter within minutes.

What's interesting here is that David Cameron looks mildly embarrassing as he half-heartedly claps along, while Boris - executing a full-on swivel-hipped, thumbs-up boogie - mysteriously manages to be less excruciating as a result. 

Bonus points to whoever can identify the man on the right wiping away a tear, as well he might.

Victoria Beckham at the Olympic closing ceremony. Photo: Getty

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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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.