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Cameron urges voters to stay with Conservatives in New Year message

Political party leaders are setting the stage for next year's General Election battle in their New Year messages to the nation.

Prime Minister David Cameron used him message to warn against his "risk"-driven election rivals, who he said will take Britain "backwards".

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised a recovery that reaches people's "kitchen table" if he becomes prime minister.

Meanwhile Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg urged voters to give his party the chance of a second term in Government, rejecting the politics of "grievance, fear and blame" offered by their rivals.

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Miliband promises recovery reaching the 'kitchen table'

Ed Miliband has promised an economic recovery that reaches people's "kitchen table" if he becomes Prime Minister in May.

The Labour leader said in his New Year message, "This is the season for new beginnings and hopes for the future.".

"We have it within our grasp not just to see out the old year but to see out the old ways of running the country," he continued. "Can we do it? Of course we can."

But Tony Blair has cast doubt on whether Labour can win the election fighting on Miliband's "traditional left-wing" platform.

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