Boris trumps Cameron in the Telegraph

Paper relegates Cameron's column to the slot below Boris.

With Boris Johnson now hailed by the right as a Tory king across the water, today's Telegraph mischievously runs a column from David Cameron in the limited space below Boris's regular slot.

Yes, Boris, "I get the message", Cameron appears to be telling the Mayor.

Boris's column, incidentally, is on the benefits of an open immigration system: "Against illegals, yes. Against talent, no. In football as in the economy at large, you don’t make people more competitive by excluding the competition. "

Not only is this a reminder of the Mayor's opposition to the coalition's immigration cap, it's also further evidence of why, as Adam Bienkov argued on The Staggers, Boris isn't the "real Conservative"  that some Tories imagine.

If anything, it was his relative wetness (support for gay marriage, a living wage and an amnesty for illegal immigrants) that endeared him to non-Tory voters.

 

He's behind you! Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of 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.