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The five must-read posts from this weekend, on the polls, Peter Watt and Stormont politics

1. Latest ICM poll shows little impact from Hoon-Hewitt

At UK Polling Report, Anthony Wells analyses the latest ICM/Sunday Telegraph poll results, which he says may have come too soon to give an accurate measure of fallout from the Hoon/Hewitt plot.

2. Ulster puritanism caught with its pants down

The recent difficulties faced by Iris Robinson and Gerry Adams have provided a puritanical scandal, says Michael White, blogging at the Guardian.

3. Tennant: I want the cleverest person in the room as PM, not someone who looks good in a suit

The Timelord is not your usual political commentator. Nonetheless, Alex Smith at Labour List tells us, the ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant has expressed his support for Gordon Brown. Will others from the arts follow suit?

4. How will the Tories use the Watt claims?

Mike Smithson at Political Betting speculates on how the media will respond to Peter Watt's revelations -- which diverted attention from fresh criticism of Brown by Geoff Hoon.

5. Revealed: the Lib-Con pact election poster

Stephen Tall posts an election poster from more than 50 years ago on Liberal Democrat Voice.

 

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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.