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Osborne baits voters with upbeat view of economy ahead of May 7

But critics say his picture of a growing economy banks too much on consumer spending

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Mr Osborne advises voters to stick with the party they know, rather than trust a potentially left-wing alliance

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UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is banking on a growing economy to drive the Conservatives home in the May 7 general election. With Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck in the polls, the bet is that the eventual winner will have to form a coalition with minority