A split has emerged between Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, after the Labour leader slammed tax cuts for 32 million Britons in the budget, just a day after the shadow Chancellor talked up the plans.
Jeremy Corbyn vowed to 'claw back' tax cut money from top earners at prime minister's questions on Wednesday.
The Labour leader's spokesman said the 5 per cent of workers with highest incomes - those on £80,000 and above - would be stripped of any benefits from the income tax threshold changes.
The declaration came amid a day of chaos in Labour's ranks as Mr Corbyn insisted the party would not vote for the Budget tax cuts just a day after shadow chancellor John McDonnell insisted it would.
John McDonnell (pictured left) and Jeremy Corbyn (pictured right) listening to Philip Hammond present his budget on Monday in Parliament
The confusion was prompted by Philip Hammond's giveaway to 32 million workers - by raising the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 - which has torn Labour in two.
The £9billion package of income tax cuts was unveiled by the Chancellor on Monday.
A Labour source said the approaches Mr Corbyn and Mr McDonnell make are sometimes at odds.
A source told The Times: 'It's definitely true that John McDonnell is desperate not to create the impression of being seen to clobber middle earners on tax, whereas Jeremy is less concerned.
'Jeremy does not want to offend the left.'
Speaking after PMQs, Mr Corbyn's spokesman was asked directly if he will reverse the Budget measures.
He said: 'We will claw back in the sense that we will raise taxation to that 5 per cent group, and exactly how that is done,