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Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, takes part in a driving game on a stand in the conference hall at the Labour party conference in Manchester

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Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, takes part in a driving game on a stand in the conference hall at the Labour party conference in Manchester

Ed Miliband invites Labour members of the No campaign in the Scottish referendum on stage for a photocall at the Labour party conference in Manchester today.

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Ed Miliband invites Labour members of the No campaign in the Scottish referendum on stage for a photocall at the Labour party conference in Manchester today. 

Fiji's military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama (L) shares a light moment with an election official (R) before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva on September 17, 2014. Polling booths opened on September 17 in Fiji's first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation's capital. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS        (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty I

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Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama shares a light moment with an election official before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva. Polling booths opened on Wednesday in Fiji’s first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation’s capital. 

Member of Parliament Carswell and Farage, leader of Britain's UKIP party, walk through the town centre at Clacton-on-Sea in south east England...Member of Parliament (MP) Douglas Carswell (R) and Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) party, laugh as they walk through the town centre of Clacton-on-Sea in south east England August 29, 2014. British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Thursday when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party unexpectedly resigned and defected to the anti-EU UKIP party which has no seats in the British parliament. The defection of Douglas Carswell comes eight months before a national election in which UKIP threatens Cameron's re-election chances.   REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS)

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Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s UK Independence Party party, laugh as they walk through the town centre of Clacton-on-Sea.

Deputies of the majority fight with the ...Deputies of the majority fight with the deputies of Regions Party, party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, during the debates in the parliament in Kiev on July 22, 2014. The parliament adopted the presidential decree on partial mobilization. AFP PHOTO/ STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Deputies of the majority fight with the deputies of Regions Party, party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, during the debates in the parliament in Kiev. The parliament adopted the presidential decree on partial mobilisation. 

Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul July 8, 2014. Abdullah told thousands of supporters on Tuesday he was the winner of last month's run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his arch-rival, Ashraf Ghani. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan president Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul. Abdullah on Tuesday told thousands of supporters he was the winner of last month’s run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.

Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is watched by photographers as he reads in his papers on the second day of plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,

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Outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, is watched by photographers as he reads his papers on the second day of plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,

Viktor hold his granddaughter Alissa as they wait for a bus to leave Slaviansk...Viktor, 68, hold his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa as they wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slaviansk June 17, 2014. Residents flee Slaviansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold, what faced with ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. Ukraine's president said on Monday he had ordered troops to regain control of the frontier with Russia to pave the way for a truce and peace talks after weeks of fighting with pro-Russian separatists. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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Viktor, 68, and his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk. Residents are fleeing Slavyansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold that faces ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a ceasefire in the insurgency-torn eastern regions of Ukraine, in a sign that dialogue is continuing in spite of worsening violence in the conflict.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the State Opening of Parliament. Queen Elizabeth II will unveil the coalition government's legislative programme in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords.

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Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the state opening of parliament. She will reveal the coalition government’s legislative programme in a speech delivered to members of parliament and peers in The House of Lords.

David Cameron...Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron looks up during a visit to a construction site in central London, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Cameron will travel to Brussels later today to meet European counterparts after resounding victories for the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark, and a strong performance by populist or Eurosceptic groups in many other EU countries in European elections. (AP Photo/Andrew Winning, Pool)

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Britain’s prime minister David Cameron visits a construction site in central London. Mr Cameron will travel to Brussels on Tuesday to meet European counterparts after election victories for the far right in Britain, France and Denmark 

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for UKIP.

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UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for Ukip

UKIP candidate for Croydon, Winston waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end.UKIP candidate, Winston McKenzie, waits for Nigel Farage, Leader of UKIP outside the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Mr Farage decide not to attend the event in the end. Picture shows Mr McKenzie apparently on the phone to Mr Farage.

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Ukip candidate Winston McKenzie waits for Nigel Farage, the anti-Brussels party’s leader, in Croydon, South London. Mr Farage decided not to attend the event in the end. The party is expected to gain a landslide victory in the European elections 

A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper in front of closed shops during shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Chairman of the hardline faction of separatist group Syed Ali Geelani had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.

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A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader, had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.

Anti-government protesters marching in the city centre celebrate shortly after a Thai court delivered its verdict on PM Yingluck, in Bangkok...Anti-government protesters marching in the city centre celebrate shortly after a Thai court delivered its verdict on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in Bangkok May 7, 2014. The Thai court found Yingluck guilty on Wednesday of violating the constitution and said she had to step down, although ministers not implicated in the case can remain in office.  REUTERS/

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Anti-government protesters marching in the city centre celebrate shortly after a Thai court delivered its verdict on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai court found Yingluck guilty of violating the constitution and said she had to step down, although ministers not implicated in the case can remain in office 

Ukip poster campaign...Ukip leader Nigel Farage stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party's European election bilboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 22, 2014. The anti-European Union (EU) party is using £1.5 million of funding from millionaire ex-Tory donor Paul Sykes to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the May 22 poll which many observers believe it could win. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage (centre) stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party’s European election billboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The anti-European Union party is using £1.5 million of funding from Mr Sykes, a millionaire ex-Tory donor, to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the EU elections on May 22. 

Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district...Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh April 10, 2014. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi's popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. For many of the 815 million registered to vote, Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) represent a promise of better governance, industrial growth and job creation.   REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi’s popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. 

A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul...A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning outside Kabul April 2, 2014. The Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.  REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday 

France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Ma...France's outgoing Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) waves as he leaves the Hotel Matignon after the take over ceremony, on April 1, 2014 at in Paris. France's new Prime Minister Manuel Valls faced a delicate balancing act as he set about forming a new government tasked with reviving the economy and reining in public financesAFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low. 

German Chancellor Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Harper address joint news conference at Chancellery in Berlin...German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper address a joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin March 27, 2014.               REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper address a joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin 

The coffin of the late Tony Benn is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church for his funeral in London, England. Former Labour cabinet minister and opponent to the Iraq War Tony Benn, died at the age of 88 on March 14, 2014.

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The coffin of the late Tony Benn is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for his funeral in London, England. Former Labour cabinet minister and opponent to the Iraq War Tony Benn, died at the age of 88 on March 14, 2014.