Nigel Farage gives update on BBC apology and action against NatWest
Nigel Farage has again pointed the finger at the chief executive of the NatWest Banking group Dame Alison Rose for briefing out his personal details to the BBC.
The ongoing row has been further inflamed by an apology Mr Farage received today from the BBC confirming that it had been briefed by “a senior and trusted source” at the NatWest group but that the information claiming he had fallen below the wealth threshold was “inaccurate and incomplete”.
The briefing had been issued in the aftermath of Mr Farage revealing that Coutts Bank, which is owned by NatWest, had been cancelled without explanation.
It was later revealed in a 36-page document, following a subject access request, that Mr Farage’s political views on Brexit, immigration and other areas were behind the attempt to cancel him.
The letter of apology from the BBC’s chief executive of news Deborah Turness also revealed that the business editor Simon Jack had gone back to the NatWest source to check if they were happy with the story being run.
According to the letter, the source confirmed they were.
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Later in the show, Mr Farage reminded GB News viewers that Mr Jack, who also apologised today, had been sat next to Dame Alison at a dinner the night before.
While Dame Alison has not been confirmed as the source, another guest on the Farage show suggested: “The BBC has thrown her under a bus”.
Mr Farage, who thanked the BBC for their apologies, told NatWest: “I’m blooming well going to get the truth.”
The former Brexit Party leader pointed out that NatWest chairman Howard Davis and Coutts chief executive Peter Flavel “haven’t said a word”.
He added: “Dame Alison Rose sent me that letter of apology on Thursday – let’s call it a letter of half apology – and I want to get to the absolute truth of what happened here.”
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He went on: “How can it be right? It doesn’t matter if it is me or anybody else. How can it be right that my banking status and the amount of money I may or may not have in personal and business accounts are being discussed with the business editor of the BBC and then disseminated to a wider world?
“How can that be ethical? How can that be legal? How can that be moral?”
He said he has lodged another subject access report with the whole NatWest group not just Coutts.
“I’m going to see if Dame Alison Rose’s name crops up,” he added.
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