Lib Dem Leader Accuses Post Office of Deception in Horizon Scandal Amid Intensifying Backlash

Sir Ed Davey’s Allegations and Call for Justice

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey accuses civil servants and the Post Office of deceiving him during his tenure as Post Office minister in the Coalition government between 2010 and 2012.

Davey claims he was misled about the Horizon scandal, now a focal point of growing outrage over a miscarriage of justice.

Growing Calls for Accountability

With over a million signatories on a petition seeking the revocation of former Post Office CEO Paula Vennells’ CBE, prompted by ITV’s airing of “Mr Bates vs The Post Office,” pressure mounts on officials to address the scandal.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Boris Johnson express support for any decision by the Honours Forfeiture Committee regarding Vennells’ award.

Revelations and Demands for Redress

Davey highlights feeling deceived by the Post Office and expresses solidarity with the victims, urging convictions to be overturned and victims compensated swiftly. The scandal has led to tens of millions in compensations paid out by the Post Office.

Government’s Response and Ongoing Inquiry

The Prime Minister defends the government’s response while acknowledging the appalling miscarriage of justice, emphasizing the need for prompt redress.

Justice Secretary Alex Chalk explores options to assist convicted sub-postmasters involved in the scandal. However, there’s resistance to immediate forfeiture of Vennells’ CBE from government officials.

Investigations and Public Outcry

Metropolitan Police investigates potential fraud offenses related to the Horizon scandal.

A petition calling for Vennells’ CBE revocation reaches a million signatures, while affected individuals like Alan Bates demand further compensation and justice.

Victims’ Struggles for Redress

Former sub-postmaster Lee Castleton describes the victims’ trauma and struggles in securing compensation, highlighting the complexity and challenges in the compensation schemes run by the Post Office and the Department for Business and Trade (DBT).

Calls for Reevaluation of Compensation Scheme

Castleton advocates for revising the compensation scheme, suggesting an independent overhaul away from the current overseeing organizations, reflecting the ongoing challenges faced by those affected by the scandal.

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