It's National Kissing Day! Again!

To celebrate, we've compiled a slideshow of some of the most cringeworthy/forced/slightly inappropriate embraces to have ever taken place (and be caught on camera) between politicians, politicians and their supporters, politicians and their partners and, in one case, a politician and his dog.

Because, you know what? Political people need love too. Especially Gordon Brown.

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  • Angela Merkel and Gordon Brown

  • Francois Hollande and his partner Valerie Trierweiler

  • Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

  • John Major and a supporter

  • Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper

  • David Cameron and Ruth Davidson

  • Al and Tipper Gore

  • Ed Miliband and Helle Thorning-Schmidt

  • Julia Gillard and Barack Obama

  • Condoleeza Rice and George Bush

  • Hugo Chavez and a baby

  • Gordon Brown and a supporter

  • Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton

  • Sarah and Gordon Brown

  • Ffion Hague and Michael McManus

  • Barack Obama and Elena Kagan

  • Bill Clinton and a friend

  • Nick and Miriam Clegg

  • Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher

  • David Petraeus and his wife

  • Angela Merkel and Barack Obama

  • Gordon Brown and Laura Bush

  • Hillary Clinton and Christina Aguilera

  • Pauline and John Prescott

  • Mitt and Anne Romney

  • Barack Obama and Shakira

  • David and Samantha Cameron

  • Ed Miliband and Johann Lamont

  • Hillary Clinton and Shimon Peres

  • Barack and Michelle Obama

  • Tony and Cherie Blair

  • Bill Clinton and his dog Buddy


All images: PA