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The five must-read posts from today, on James Purnell, the euro and the Sun

1. What the Sun won't tell you

Will Straw at Left Foot Forward analyses the Sun's latest poll results, revealing loaded questions.

2. Purnell goes beyond the limits of New Labour

At Next Left, Sunder Katwala analyses James Purnell's article in this morning's Guardian.

3. Europe's OK; the euro isn't

Paul Krugman argues that the costs of the euro are proving much higher than optimists claimed.

4. Boris Johnson removes hundreds of police officers

At Tory Troll, Adam Bienkov lays bare Boris Johnson's self-contradiction.

5. Harriet Harman IS Nicola Murray

Harriet Harman, in a speech frighteningly reminiscent of The Thick of It, has coined a new word. Paul Waugh tells us all about it.

 

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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.