10 Jan 2024

Sunak announces blanket exoneration for wrongly convicted in Post Office scandal

Political Editor

A new law will wipe out the convictions of hundreds of sub-postmasters who were wrongly convicted of stealing from the Post Office. Rishi Sunak told MPs that the scandal caused by the faulty Horizon IT system is “one of the greatest miscarriages of justice” in the nation’s history.

The Government acknowledged it is controversial to use Parliament to override the verdicts of courts in England and Wales but said it was necessary because it was taking far too long to resolve cases individually.