Labour MPs defy whips and McDonnell to vote against Tory tax cuts

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Backbenchers oppose breaks for higher earners that party leadership says it would not reverse

Twenty Labour MPs rebelled against party whips to oppose Conservative tax cuts for middle and high earners on Thursday, after a backbench revolt over shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s response to the budget.

The Liberal Democrats forced a vote in parliament over a package of tax cuts announced by Philip Hammond in Monday’s budget, and a total of 31 MPs voted against it. They included Lisa Nandy, Alison McGovern, Lucy Powell, Gareth Snell and Yvette Cooper.

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