In pictures: Ai Weiwei launch party

Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.

Sarah Churchwell with New Statesman culture editor Jonathan Derbyshire and Craig Raine.

New Statesman features editor Sophie Elmhirst addresses the audience.

New Statesman columnist and former England cricketer Ed Smith.

Lawyer Mark Stephens addresses the audience.

New Statesman associate editor Jemima Khan chats to Guardian web news editor Jonathan Haynes.

All photographs: Sam Bradley.

Anish Kapoor reads from Ai Weiwei's New Statesman leader. Photograph: Sam Bradley.
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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.