Tom Watson receives £200,000 from former motor racing chief Max Mosley

Posted On: 
14th July 2016

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has received a £200,000 donation from former motor racing boss Max Mosley.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson
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Mr Watson said the funding, which was transferred through the Labour party, was “to support my office as deputy leader and shadow Cabinet Office minister”.

It was registered on 28 June after the vote to leave the European Union and during the move against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

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Mr Watson’s office insisted the money was transferred during the referendum campaign in early June.

Mr Watson told BuzzFeed: “I’m very grateful to Max for making a generous donation to help me with the cost of staffing my office.”

The former president of the FIA, formula one’s governing body, donated around £40,000 towards Mr Watson’s campaign for the Labour deputy leadership last August.

The pair struck up a friendship during Mr Watson's high-profiel campaign against phone hacking by the News of the World.

Commenting on the latest donation, he told Buzzfeed: “The £200,000 was donated on 8 June to support the work of Tom Watson’s office.

“Tom is a very admirable politician, a fearless campaigner against injustice and a good man. I have the greatest respect for his commitment to public service, I agree with his aims and am delighted to be able to help.”