"...reassuring HMRC that their decision to let Goldman Sachs off many millions pounds of tax was ok"

Business quote of the day.

"[The e-mail] implies that the NAO was reassuring HMRC that their decision to let Goldman Sachs off many millions pounds of tax owed would be given the OK”

Anna Walker, of pressure group UK Uncut Legal Action, on leaked emails that appear to undermine an inquiry into the multimillion “sweetheart” deals between HM Revenue and Customs and big businesses (story here)

Goldman Sachs building. Photograph: Getty Images.

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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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.