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The NS Podcast #100: Harry Potter Special

Can wizards even vote?!

For the 100th episode of the NS podcast, the team explore the politics, economics, and pedagogy of the Harry Potter series. In collaboration with the NS's new pop culture podcast, SRSLY. (Helen Lewis, Caroline Crampton, Anna Leszkiewicz, Stephen Bush, Stephanie Boland, Barbara Speed, Jonn Elledge)

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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.