Chancellor in economy warning

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GEORGE OSBORNE claimed there was just 36 days to save the economy as he tried to portray Ed Miliband and Ed Balls as a serious risk to the recovery yesterday.

The Chancellor used a speech in Leeds to ramp up the Tory party’s rhetoric around its main campaign theme urging voters to stick with his economic plan when they vote in May.

He was speaking at the Pudsey operation of drinks manufacturer Britvic whose chairman, Gerald Corbett, was among 103 business leaders to sign a letter warning a “change in course will threaten jobs and deter investment. This would send a negative message about Britain and put the recovery at risk.”

Mr Osborne claimed a British General Election had “never seen a business letter like this” and “jobs are on the line” in the election.

Evoking memories of Tony Blair’s 1997 appeal to voters that there was only “24 hours to save the NHS”, he said: “Let me be clear: the policy decisions you take on business in the Treasury have a direct impact on people’s lives.

“Start to hike business taxes and confidence is undermined. Projects are shelved and investment doesn’t come to the country. You create an anti-business environment that leads to lost jobs, higher unemployment and families without the security of work.

“These are not abstract economic risks. They are an assault on everyday working people. And they are concrete reasons why we have 36 days to save Britain’s economic recovery.”

Mr Osborne was speaking in the Pudsey constituency which the Conservatives won in 2010 with a majority of just 1,659 and desperately need to hold onto to in the face of a concerted campaign from Labour have any hope of forming a Government after May 7.