David Cameron hit with egg during campaigning

David Cameron hit with egg during campaigning London: Tory leader David Cameron on Wednesday laughed off being hit by an egg while campaigning for the May 6 elections, dismissing it as the "first of the campaign".

Cameron was struck on the shoulder as he emerged from answering students' questions during a visit to College Saltash in Cornwall.

The egg, thrown by a teen-aged hoodie glanced off Cameron's shoulder and splattered on the jacket of a police officer beside him. The yolk stained Cameron's white shirt.

The young man was identified as Tyler Dixon from Ernesettle, Plymouth. He was immediately led away but was released after police established that he did not have any more missiles on him. He will not face any charges, British media reported.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "A 16- year-old student threw an egg. It didn't hit David Cameron but it hit someone else at the event. He was arrested but was de- arrested before reaching a police station."

Emily Taylor, a midwife, said that she saw Cameron immediately after the attack and "he looked pretty angry".

But the Tory leader, who yesterday confronted a tabloid journalist who has been following him round dressed as a giant chicken, did his best to laugh it off.

"That was the first of the campaign," he said. "Now I know which came first ? the chicken not the egg."

The incident was the most high-profile "egging" since the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, was forced to call off a press conference outside Parliament last June when he came under fire from a hail of eggs.