Labour backlash after McDonnell refuses to oppose budget tax cuts

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Measures will benefit wealthier households, according to the Resolution Foundation

The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has sparked a backlash from Labour MPs by insisting that the party would not to oppose the tax cuts for higher earners announced in Monday’s budget.

“We’re not going to take money out of people’s pockets. Simple as that,” McDonnell said, despite pressure from some colleagues to oppose the giveaway, which was one of the most eyecatching measures in Philip Hammond’s pre-Brexit budget.

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