UPDATE 3-UK's Osborne woos voters with earlier end to austerity

March 18, 2015 7:49 PM

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* Labour says cuts still extreme (adds details, comment from economist, background)

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - British finance minister George Osborne sought to court voters ahead of a tight May 7 election by pitching an earlier end to his austerity drive and cautious tax cuts against a backdrop of faster economic growth.

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