And the Malcolm Tucker Award goes to...

...a Government source quoted in today's <em>Times</em>.

Labour's amendment to the Syria motion to be debated in Parliament later on today has caused fury in Government circles, it would seem.

As Sam Coates and Francis Elliott report in today's Times (£):

Now, that's a turn of phrase that The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker would be proud of.

(H/T to @RobDotHutton for the screengrab)

Malcolm Tucker. Photo: BBC

I'm a mole, innit.

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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.