Britain's Cameron struck by egg on campaign trail

21st April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's main opposition leader David Cameron laughed off being hit by an egg thrown by a student while campaigning for the general election on Wednesday.

The Conservative leader said the egg incident was the "first of the campaign" after he was ambushed following a question-and-answer session with students at a college in Cornwall, southwest England.

TV pictures showed a young man in a grey sweatshirt hurling an egg from inside the building as Cameron walked out, although they did not show the moment of impact.

The egg glanced off Cameron's shoulder and splattered on the jacket of a police officer beside him, although the yolk did stain Cameron's white shirt.

Eyewitnesses said a 16-year-old man, reportedly a construction student, who threw the egg was immediately led away.

A Conservative Party aide said he was arrested and then quickly released after police established he did not have any more missiles with him.

Cameron, who has been followed on his campaign for the May 6 elections by a newspaper reporter dressed as a chicken, joked: "Now I know which came first -- the chicken not the egg."

His response was calmer than that of former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who punched a protester who threw an egg at him from close range during the 2001 election campaign.

© 2010 AFP

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