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Tom Watson, who supported VIP sex ring fantasist, has picked up an estimated £200,000 since leaving Westminster


FORMER Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, who supported a VIP sex ring fantasist, has picked up an estimated £200,000 since leaving Westminster.

The ex-minister has taken on several high-powered jobs since stepping down as an MP in December 2019.

Tom Watson is the former Labour deputy leader

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Tom Watson is the former Labour deputy leaderCredit: Getty Images – Getty

On an online CV, he even boasts of being an “instrument for good”. He says he is a “born campaigner with a reputation for creativity and counter-intuitive thinking”.

Watson is chair of UK Music, where he is said to be paid around £50,000.

He is also on a retainer for Flutter Entertainment, which owns Paddy Power, worth up to £100,000.

The news has angered those affected by the false claims case, which saw Carl Beech jailed for his lies and sex offences.

Campaigner Daniel Janner QC said: “I am staggered and hurt.

“His claim of being a knight in shining armour does not sit well with his high earnings.

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“He used his ‘creativity’ and considerable influence to peddle false claims.”

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