Well this is interesting. Nick Read - Post Office CEO, and Paul Scully - business minister, are going to appear before the BEIS Select Committee on Tuesday next week to answer questions about compensation for Subpostmasters. Tom Cooper, the government civil servant and PO...
… director (who sat on the board throughout its disastrous, expensive, and - some would say immoral - civil litigation defence) will also be answering questions.

There are three distinct tranches of Postmasters requiring compensation….
1) Those going through the government funded, Post Office-operated Historical Shortfall Scheme. Alistair Carmichael MP has already raised serious concerns about its fairness in the HoC (postofficescandal.uk/post/compensat…)...
2) Those amongst the 555 SPMs who were part of the civil litigation who are barred from seeking any further compensation by the terms of their High Court settlement

3) Those whose convictions have been overturned.
As things stand there are those who applied to the HSS (group 1) back in 2020 who have still not had an offer for compensation. Those in group 2 are still being told to go whistle, despite Paul Scully’s noises about working with that cohort to get to fair compensation and...
… as yet no one in group 3) has received full and final compensation. Indeed some, whose convictions were overturned more than a year ago, still haven’t even received their £100k interim compensation.

It’s a shambles. I look forward to seeing what Darren Jones and his committee
… makes of it and the answers MPs get from Messrs Read, Scully and Cooper.

The fourth panellist, Carl Creswell, was polite but unhelpful the only time I met him (postofficetrial.com/2019/06/kelly-…) as he tried to stop me talking to Tom Cooper after another BEIS session at Portcullis...
… House.

Incidentally - if you want to know what former Post Office CEO Paula Vennells has to say about Tom Cooper, you can read it here: postofficetrial.com/2020/07/the-po…

The session starts at 9.45am on Tuesday 11 Jan. I am expecting...
… the minister, Cooper and Creswell and the Post Office to put up the usual smokescreen of nonsense, so it’ll be interesting to see if Jones or any of the MPs on his committee can cut through it.

You can watch the session live here: parliamentlive.tv/Guide


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14 Dec 21
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...
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14 Dec 21
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...
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22 Nov 21
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.

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18 Nov 21
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...
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8 Nov 21
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.
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19 Jul 21
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.
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