Max Mosley

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BornMax Rufus Mosley
13 April 1940
London, England, United Kingdom
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Parents • Sir Oswald Mosley
• Diana Mitford
Children • Alexander
• Patrick
SpouseJean Taylor

Max Mosley (born 13 April 1940) is the former president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), a non-profit association that represents the interests of motoring organisations and car users worldwide. The FIA is also the governing body for Formula One and other international motorsports.[1]


Mosley is the youngest son of Sir Oswald Mosley, former leader of the British Union of Fascists, and Diana Mitford.[2] He was educated in France, Germany, and Britain before going on to attend university at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a degree in physics. He then changed to law and was called to the bar in 1964. In his teens and early twenties, Mosley was involved with his father's post-war political party, the Union Movement (UM). He has said that the association of his surname with fascism stopped him from developing his interest in politics further, although he briefly worked for the Conservative Party in the early 1980s.[3]

Labour donor

in February 2017, Mosley donated £300,000 to Tom Watson deputy leader of the Labour Party (five times the amount Watson received from the GMB union). The £300,000 donation followed a £200,000 donation by Mr Mosley registered in June 2016 and £40,000 in August 2015. In the House of Commons register of members' interests, Tom Watson said the two biggest donations from Mr Mosley were donated via the Labour Party to support his office. The smallest one was to help fund his campaign to be Labour deputy leader.[4]

Car crash interview

On 27 February 2018, in a compelling interview on Channel 4/News, a blustering Max Mosley admitted that a bombshell 1961 election pamphlet uncovered by the Daily Mail was racist:

Cathy Newman: "Mr Mosley you said in the News of the World trial in 2008 that the claim that leaflets were put out alleging immigrants brought disease to the UK was absolute nonsense. Did you get it wrong or did you lie under oath?"

Max Mosley: "I wouldn’t dream of lying under oath – that’s a very offensive suggestion which you shouldn’t make. Absolutely shouldn’t make. The truth is that I was asked about that leaflet and I said to the barrister if that leaflet existed, if you had it you’d produce it. And of course they should have produced it if it existed. I never ... no, no listen to the answer."

CN: "Well, you actually said you didn’t recall it."

MM: "I’ve never seen that leaflet, the original, and I’d like to see it. That’s a photocopy, I’d like to see the original."

CN: "This is a photocopy of the original, which you saw in Michael Crick’s report. I’m happy for you to have a look at that just to look through it but I’m also happy to quote from it. Walter Hesketh’s by-election leaflet says coloured immigration threatens your children’s health."

MM: "We’ve already had that …"

CN: "All those terrible suggestions. Well why did you publish it? Your name is on ..."

MM: "They asked me in the trial, no they asked me in the trial whether that leaflet existed and I said it was absolutely true, that it was complete nonsense and that was my recollection, it still is my recollection. I’m not even sure if it’s genuine, but if it is genuine it doesn’t reflect my views today and this entirely red herring put out by the Daily Mail and I’m astonished, I am astonished. 'Yeah … I think that probably is racist, I'll concede that'."[5]


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