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Business leaders sign letter backing Conservatives

More than 100 business leaders have declared their support for the Conservatives, warning a "change of course" after the general election would "put the recovery at risk".

Senior executives from leading British companies - including five who have previously backed Labour - signed an open letter praising the Conservative's economic policies.

Labour dismissed the letter as "nothing new".

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Osborne: Business leaders' intervention 'unprecedented'

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed an "unprecedented" intervention from business leaders praising the Tories' economic plans.

Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: PA Wire

"An intervention on this scale and with this clarity from Britain's business leaders is unprecedented in any recent general election," Mr Osborne said.

"Over 100 business leaders, heading up some of our largest companies and most famous brands, and employing over half a million people, have spoken out.

"And the warning from Britain's business leaders couldn't be clearer: a change of course will threaten jobs, deter investment, send a negative signal about our country and put the recovery at risk."

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