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.