Natwest boss on the brink over Farage leak as Sunak and Hunt pile on pressure

Nigel Farage says Coutts manager should go

NatWest’s chief executive Alison Rose is on the ropes this evening as the Government piles on pressure following her admission she leaked private details about Nigel Farage’s status as a bank customer to the BBC.

Dame Alison revealed on Tuesday afternoon that she was BBC reporter Simon Jack’s source, after the pair dined and drank together at a charity do in central London.

She admitted to a “serious error of judgement” and admitted she was “wrong to respond to any question raised by the BBC about this case”.

After offering a personal apology to both Mr Farage and the NatWest board, the bank’s chiefs said that while she made a “regrettable error of judgement” they retain “full confidence in Ms Rose as CEO of the bank”.

Despite this vote of confidence, tonight Dame Alison’s top job appears to be on the brink.

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Nigel Farage demanded that she, Coutts CEO Peter Flavel and Natwest chair Howard Davies all resign from their well-paid positions over the scandal.

His demand for heads to roll was echoed by numerous Tory MPs, including David Davis and Jonathan Gullis, who said that as a NatWest customer he no longer has “confidence in her leadership of the board’s, as they shamelessly protect/excuse her behaviour”.

Mr Gullis added: “This is a very serious breach of GDPR. Customers’ confidence in Dame Alison will be shot to pieces”.

This evening the Government and several cabinet members are reportedly piling on the pressure.

The Express has learnt that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has “significant concerns” following the revelation that Dame Alison Rose was the BBC’s source who divulged private information about Nigel Farage’s relationship with the bank.

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The Times has also been told Downing Street has concerns about her remaining in post, not least because taxpayers have a 39 percent stake in NatWest, which owns Coutts.

The paper also reports three other Cabinet ministers have said Dame Alison’s position is “untenable”.

One said: “She has got to go. She has no integrity and has done material damage to the bank and its reputation”.

“The chairman has also lost his credibility by saying it’s in the interests of customers and shareholders to keep her. Frankly the whole board has got to go if it wants to defend her.”

A second said her apology is “not enough”.

Tory MP Sir James Duddridge, who sits on the Commons Treasury Select Committee, told the Express this afternoon that they saw no point in calling her before the panel of MPs for scrutiny, as she will be out of the job by the time Parliament returns in September.

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