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Election 2010: Some extras

Phil Coomes | 09:29 UK time, Wednesday, 5 May 2010

As you can imagine, we have received thousands of pictures on the photo-wire services relating to the election over the past month.

Among them are many photographs taken in everyday situations as the potential members of Parliament go about campaigning. Most aim to illustrate a moment, to show who was where and what they were doing.

Despite the media scrum surrounding the three main party leaders as they make their way around the country, some photographers have managed to catch the would-be PMs looking isolated or disconnected from their surroundings, often as though they are extras on the scene.

When these pictures are removed from context, they have an element of the surreal. It's not just the party leaders. From former prime ministers to potential chancellors, all can appear in ways that can surprise. Below are some little visual treats that I thought I'd share.

David Cameron visiting a social action project in Blackpool

Gordon Brown at the Siemens factory in Manchester

Nick Clegg plays tag rugby against the Leeds Rhinos under 10s during a visit to the club

Conservative party activists wave to a helicopter carrying William Hague and Annabel Goldie in Stirling

Harriet Harman talks to women with children in the garden of Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow

Former Liberal Democrat party leader Paddy Ashdown in Bideford

David Cameron is watched by his wife Samantha during their visit to a parenting resource centre in Halifax

Gordon Brown is watched by his wife Sarah Brown as he speaks to supporters in the garden of Arnold Mill Primary School

Nick Clegg at a Town Hall meeting in Redcar

Conservative George Osborne tours the workshops of Squires Gear and Engineering Ltd in Coventry

Tony Blair campaigns with Jacqui Smith in Redditch

Alan Reid, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll and Bute, meets constituents as he walks beside Loch Etive

Conservative Party leader David Cameron, right, and his wife Samantha walk in Newquay, Cornwall

People look across as Gordon Brown as he talks to residents on the balcony of their newly built flat in London

Nick Clegg prepares for interviews during a visit to Norwich


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