Controversy has dogged Labour deputy leader Tom Watson since press and broadcast interviews last week with Max Mosley over a 1960s racist leaflet. Mosley – who admitted some parts of the leaflet were racist but told the Guardian it’s legitimate to offer immigrants incentives to ‘go home’ – has donated over £500,000 to Watson’s office costs.
Although Tom Watson has stated that he has ‘no plans’ to return Mosley’s donations, he has not issued a flat-out refusal – yet.
But it appears that something is on the cards and that the Labour right may be planning to attach the blame to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX contacted a ‘centrist’ Labour MP for comment on the handling of a motion in the MP’s constituency calling on Watson to return the cash. At the end of the response, the MP let slip that the motion would be debated “in April [when] members will have the opportunity to discuss the motion with the benefit of the statement from the leader’s office that no money is being returned to Mr Mosely. [sic]“.
A Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX that no such statement is planned – but claimed that:
Tom can’t pay it back. It went on staff costs and to “run his office”.
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