Watch: President Obama's thank-you speech to his Chicago campaign staff

The president seems like a nice sort of guy, really.

Say what you will about president Obama – and many do – he sincerely seems like he would be one of the best possible people to work under. This video, of him addressing campaign workers at a surprise visit to his Chicago HQ shortly after his victory, led to a few tears in the New Statesman office.

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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.