In Pictures

Election 2015 in pictures: 2 April

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Image caption The media spotlight is on the party leaders ahead of this evening's seven-way debate, yet the press is, of course, travelling with the parties on their election "battle buses". Here the senior political correspondent for Sky News, Jason Farrell (left), does a piece to camera on board the Labour bus in Greater Manchester.
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Image caption UKIP leader Nigel Farage began the day with an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He said he wanted to see fewer than 50,000 people coming in to the UK per year, but said he would not set a cap on net migration.
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Image caption Labour leader Ed Miliband met four-year-old Jennifer Talbot Bagnall at Bury town hall on his way to one of his people's question time sessions.
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Image caption Prime Minister David Cameron went back to school and met pupils of the King's Leadership Academy in Warrington. He told one pupil, whose hobby is ju-jitsu: "So I get Nigel Farage and get him on the floor?" Afterwards, he reassured the assembled reporters that he was joking about tonight's television debate.
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Image caption SNP general election candidate for Edinburgh East Tommy Sheppard was joined by Scotland's Health Secretary Shona Robison in Portobello, Scotland.
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Image caption Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, where, when asked by the BBC if he was doing any last-minute homework before the debate, he said if the weather held, he hoped to go for a nice walk to clear his head.
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Image caption Zac Goldsmith, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Richmond Park and North Kingston, spoke on transforming politics in the UK at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts).
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Image caption Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood was one of the first to arrive at the ITV Studios at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays for the debate tonight having made the journey by train. Speaking at the launch of her party's manifesto earlier in the week, she said: "If people want to end this Tory rule, and they want to end austerity, but they also want to make sure that Wales matters in this election, then there is only way to vote, and that's for Plaid Cymru."
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Image caption Before heading to Manchester for tonight's debate, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney attended First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The SNP leader said that a vote for the SNP in the general election is a "vote to make Scotland's voice heard like never before".
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Image caption Green Party leader Natalie Bennett met supporters in Piccadilly Gardens as she arrived in Manchester.

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