NatWest political supremo quits to fight Labour seat

The National Westminster Bank’s political relations chief, Tommy Hutchinson, is leaving and has placed his name on the Labour Party’s candidate list for the next general election.

The National Westminster Bank’s political relations chief, Tommy

Hutchinson, is leaving and has placed his name on the Labour Party’s

candidate list for the next general election.



Hutchinson stood unsuccessfully as a Labour candidate in 1997; he has

yet to secure a seat for the next poll. There is no plan to replace him

immediately at NatWest, since the bank is involved in fighting the Royal

Bank of Scotland’s takeover bid. The Scottish bank bid pounds 22 billion

for NatWest in October and is still attempting to take control.



When Hutchinson leaves at the end of February, his role will be filled

temporarily by political analyst Richard Cox and Brussels-based European

analyst Steve Newsome.



Hutchinson runs a team of four in political relations, reporting to the

bank’s public affairs head Amanda Jordan, who reports to corporate

affairs director Terrence Collis.



NatWest brought the Maitland Consultancy on board last October to assist

its retained financial PR agency Bell Pottinger Financial in fighting

off the RBS bid.



The company’s public affairs department numbers 12 and covers community

affairs and issues management.



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