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PM: We brought Britain back from the brink

Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace as the general election campaign - one of the most closely-contested in decades - officially gets underway.

The Prime Minister used the opportunity to tell voters the Tories had put Britain "back on her feet again", and urged people to let them continue what they has started. Meanwhile, Ed Miliband was expected to say the Tories pose a "clear and present danger" to businesses and jobs with their plans for an EU referendum.

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Watch live: David Cameron asks Queen to dissolve Parliament

Prime Minister David Cameron is heading to Buckingham Palace to formally ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament.

From today, MPs are no longer MPs and will not have any Parliamentary privileges unless they are re-elected at the general election on May 7. Ministers, including Mr Cameron, will keep their posts.

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