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Kemi Badenoch Slams Former Post Office Chairman in Horizon Dispute

18 February 2024
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Kemi Badenoch Slams Former Post Office Chairman in Horizon Dispute

Allegations of Post Office Mismanagement

Henry Staunton, former Post Office chairman, alleges that a senior civil servant pressured him to delay payouts to subpostmasters. The Government denies this, attributing Staunton’s removal to his handling of postmasters’ concerns rather than political motives.

Badenoch said: "Henry Staunton struggled to secure justice for postmasters due to his ineffective approach. The serious concerns surrounding his conduct prompted me to request his resignation."

Staunton's assertions have triggered a flurry of responses, including Home Office minister Michael Tomlinson's firm denial and a Government spokesperson's rebuttal of any delay tactics regarding compensation. Despite these rebuttals, the controversy persists, fueled further by the ongoing ITV drama shedding light on the subpostmasters' legal battles for justice.

The Labour Party, led by Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow business secretary, underscores the critical need to compensate victims and advocates for prompt action to rectify the injustices they have endured. Likewise, Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, urges transparency from the Government, emphasizing the importance of ministers directly addressing Parliament regarding this matter.

Meanwhile, Post Office and UK Government Investments (UKGI) adamantly reject Staunton's claims, emphasizing their commitment to supporting victims and facilitating faster justice. They refute any suggestions of opposition to a blanket exoneration for subpostmasters, underscoring their dedication to truth and accountability.

As the controversy unfolds, it underscores the importance of transparency, accountability, and swift action in addressing the grievances of subpostmasters affected by the Horizon scandal. Only through sincere efforts to rectify past wrongs can trust be restored in the integrity of the Post Office and the government's commitment to justice.

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