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In Pictures: Breweries and babies mark first day on campaign trail

Party leaders have begun the push to secure support with photo opps ahead of the General Election.

A day after the General Election was announced, party leaders of all stripes were out on the campaign trail for what is expected to be a tense and busy six weeks until polling day on July 4.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had arranged to visit all four UK countries while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was in Kent with his deputy Angela Rayner, and Sir Ed Davey was pushing the Liberal Democrats’ plans in Gloucestershire.

Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe was a familiar face at the Reform UK launch while in Scotland new SNP leader John Swinney was making the case for continued support.

A traditional part of the election trail, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer greets a very young supporter in Kent
A traditional part of the election trail, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer greets a very young supporter in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Sir Ed Davey also had young supporters at his side as the Liberal Democrat leader visited Cheltenham
Sir Ed Davey also had young supporters at his side as the Liberal Democrat leader visited Cheltenham (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Welsh Secretary David TC Davies takes a photo of Rishi Sunak at the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery, in Barry, where the teetotal Prime Minister made a gaffe by asking if the football this summer would boost sales, despite Wales not qualifying for the Euro 2024 tournament (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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From left, Ashfield MP Lee Anderson, Ann Widdecombe and leader of Reform UK Richard Tice launch the party’s General Election campaign where Mr Tice hit out at high levels of net migration, establishment ‘experts’ and the ‘weak, feeble politicians who have broken Britain’ (Lucy North/PA)

Scottish National Party leader John Swinney gives a speech at the launch of the the SNP’s campaign in Edinburgh. Mr Swinney is an MSP so will not be standing for a Westminster seat
Scottish National Party leader John Swinney gives a speech at the launch of the the SNP’s campaign in Edinburgh. Mr Swinney is an MSP so will not be standing for a Westminster seat (Michael Boyd/PA)

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A pocket guide to Sir Keir’s offering for future government was on show during his visit to Kent on Thursday morning (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Mr Sunak was grabbed for a selfie during an earlier visit to answer questions from workers during a visit to West William Distribution in Ilkeston, Derbyshire (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

DUP interim leader Gavin Robinson speaks to the media
DUP interim leader Gavin Robinson speaks to the media during a press conference at a Sure Start centre in east Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

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