Sunday, May 26News For London

The Post Office Scandal: A timeline of events explained.

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Details of the Post Office Horizon scandal continue to unravel, with new insights emerging from the government’s handling of the debacle. The Minister for Postal Services, Kevin Hollinrake said today that when evidence is “established” that “people within the Post Office, possibly further afield, should go to jail”.

Hollinrake’s comments echo those of former subpostmaster Alan Bates, who previously told the BBC that “People have got to be held accountable,” and that the former postal staff are “going to have to carry on campaigning for that to occur.” Bates has led the campaign to clear the names of over 700 postal workers falsely accused of theft and false accounting, due to the Post Office’s faulty accounting software system named Horizon. Currently only 37 former Post Office staff have received compensation. The current hearings into the scandal are expected to last 15 weeks and will include witness statements by Bates and other former Post Office staff.