Labour Party Will Accept 'No More Payments' From Max Mosley After Racism Row

Ex-F1 boss donated more than £500k to deputy leader Tom Watson
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The Labour Party will accept no more donations from Max Mosley following his alleged publication of racist material, a spokesperson has said.

The ex-Formula One boss, who has donated more than £500,000 to deputy leader Tom Watson, defended himself on Channel 4 News after the programme said it had found a 1961 election leaflet that suggested immigrants were bringing disease to the UK and threatening jobs.

The pamphlet said it was “published by” Max Mosley - the agent in the Manchester Moss Side by-election for the candidate of the Union Movement - but he repeatedly asserted he was not a racist.

The now-disbanded far right party was led by Sir Oswald Mosley - Mosley’s father and noteable wartime fascist.

A Labour spokesperson said on Wednesday that “no more payments” would be accepted from Mosley by the party or its frontbenchers.

Mosley paid more than £500k in donations to Tom Watson
Mosley paid more than £500k in donations to Tom Watson
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“The comments made by Max Mosley are utterly repugnant,” they added, but accepted that “people can change their views”.

The last recorded payments from Mosley to Watson - made via the Labour Party centrally - occurred last year, but the businessman told Channel 4 he intended to continue making them in the future.

The spokesperson said: “I do not think that’s going to happen. I don’t believe there will be any more payments from Max Mosley to the Labour Party or Tom Watson.”

They added that the party was seeking to move away from “large-scale payments from wealthy donors” and put more emphasis on smaller contributions from members and affiliates, through a system overseen by the party leadership and ruling executive.

“I think we would want there to be a careful regulation and oversight of payments made by anyone - including wealthy donors,” they said.

It was not specified whether Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had spoken to his deputy directly, and Watson himself has remained tight-lipped over the issue.

“I am sure he would share that view,” the spokesperson said.


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