Chair of @CommonsBEIS blasts minister over this morning’s written statement into Post Office scandal compensation scheme for those with quashed convictions:

“To publish a written ministerial statement two hours before a session like this… leaking it to the press...
@CommonsBEIS … the day before, not providing sufficient detail or giving a statement to the house is quite frankly wholly unacceptable…
Jo Hamilton: It’s terrible.
Darren Jones: … it’s terrible I agree. And so we will be calling ministers in the Post Office to ask many of the questions...
@CommonsBEIS … that we’ve talked about today and to try to provide as many answers as possible.”

That was @DarrenpJones MP talking at the end of a @CommonsBEIS oral evidence hearing.

Separate to that I’ve been told an Urgent Question has been requested for tomorrow - which...
@CommonsBEIS @darrenpjones … may go ahead or may result in a ministerial statement re the funding of compensation for the whole scandal.

I’ve had half an ear on the oral evidence session and half an ear on the Westminster Hall debate and therefore failed to listen properly to either, but some of what...
@CommonsBEIS @darrenpjones … Alistair Carmichael said about the Historical Shortfall Scheme beggars belieft. We now appear to be entering a phase of the scandal where backbenchers will be ragging ministers to show some gumption and come up with a holistic compensation effort whilst the Treasury...
@CommonsBEIS @darrenpjones … quietly, but firmly, instructs the Post Office and its lawyers to spend the absolute minimum possible.

The result will be taxpayers money which could go on compensation to victims will be diverted into the pockets of lawyers, and victims will either walk away with...
@CommonsBEIS @darrenpjones … far less than they should get, or die/get ill trying to maintain the fight.



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14 Dec
A quick thread on what seems like a busy parliamentary date in the Post Office Horizon IT scandal.

This morning, Paul Scully, the Postal Affairs Minister announced that the govt would provide compensation for those whose convictions have been quashed.

No one knows…
… because he did not say, how much has been provided. Is it £1m per each person whose conviction has already been quashed - ie £72m?

I know for a fact that many of those whose convictions have been quashed are seeking well over £1m in compensation...
… and it is almost a racing certainty that more convictions will be quashed (remember 738 people are thought to have been convicted using Horizon evidence between 2000 and 2015)…

It therefore becomes important to know what provision has been made. Is it £1m each for 700...
Read 22 tweets
22 Nov
Welcome to court 4 of the Royal Courts of Justice where we are expecting seven appellants to have their convictions quashed. There follows a live-tweet thread of what is happening in court... Save our Subpostmasters banner being held up outside the RCJ
The two people holding the banner in the last tweet are Eleanor Shaikh, a customer who became so outraged by the Post Office’s treatment of her Subpostmaster Chirag Sidphura that she became a campaigner. Read Chirag’s story here:…

Just out of shot on the right is Pete Murray whose story is extraordinary. The Post Office tried to ruin him and very nearly succeeded. His story can be read here.…
Read 80 tweets
18 Nov
Good morning from Southwark Crown Court. The building opened at 8am and courts are sitting earlier than usual to get through a backlog of cases. We are expecting six Subpostmaster appeals to be heard at 0930 today. Live tweet thread follows...

The Subpostmasters involved are:

• Mohammed Aslam, who  pleaded guilty to false accounting at Newport Magistrates’ Court on 23rd January 2007 and was sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work and a £300 fine...
• Amanda Barber, who pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on 6th June 2012 and was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work...
Read 31 tweets
8 Nov
Good morning from the first Post Office Horizon IT inquiry open hearing. It is being held at Juxon House in London in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. Proceedings start at 11am.
Already, Howe and Co, who are representing 151 Subpostmasters have made a submission to change the name of the inquiry to the Post Office Inquiry, to ensure the inquiry looks at all aspects of the PO and govt’s behaviour - not just the IT system.
I am sitting next to my colleague from Panorama (Tim) to my left and the NFSP to my right. We are separated by clear perspex screens. On Tim’s left is Tom Witherow from the Daily Mail.
Read 81 tweets
19 Jul
Made it! Did get time to take a photo outside court, so here is the RCJ in all its glory in November 2020.

Live-tweeting from Court 4 begins. We are underway.
Please note that all tweets just paraphrase and describe what is being said, they are NOT verbatim. Only words in “direct quotes” are direct quotes.

There are now only 30 appeals being considered as the one has fallen away.
The Post Office is now not opposing 12 appeals. It is opposing 14. Four appeals were DWP prosecutions. As the DWP prosecution function has been folded into the CPS, the CPS is dealing with those appeals and OPPOSING them.
Read 57 tweets
19 Jul
I am off to the court of appeal today to report on the possible overturning of ten more Post Office convictions. I am able to do so because of the crowdfunding I have received in the past. If you feel able to support my journalism, please consider…

… putting a few quid in the crowdfunding tip jar (details in the next tweet) and/or buying my forthcoming book. I keep my reporting free at the point of consumption thanks to the generosity of my backers…

… ALL new supporters will be added to the "secret" email newsletter, which will keep you up to date on the scandal. More here:

The live tweeting starts at 10.30am!

And the...
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