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Election 2010: week one in pictures

The best photographs from the first week of the election campaign.

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Gordon Brown, flanked by his cabinet, announcing the election on Tuesday.

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A closer view. The Prime Minister spoke of his middle-class upbringing, sparking immediate claims of class war.

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The Conservative leader, David Cameron, kicked off the Tory campaign at a symbolic distance from Westminster.

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On Wednesday, Cameron announced plans for a National Citizens Service.

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The scheme was backed by the actor and tax-phobe Michael Caine.

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The Liberal Democrats unveiled their campaign bus, featuring their greatest asset. Beside Nick Clegg.

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The closeness of the duo did not escape the writers of last night's Have I Got News For You.

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Gordon and Sarah Brown talk to members of the public at Labour Party headquarters on Wednesday.

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You decide. Unless, that is, you don't like ale.

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In which case you can take on a pack of election crisps -- the Tory blue packet modelled by the shadow education secretary Michael Gove. Again, there's only one flavour on offer: sea salt.

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Two giant boots crush the green shoots of recovery outside the Conservative Party headquarters in central London.

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The odds on Tuesday.

All photographs from AFP/Getty Images.

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