Ex-Post Office chairman Henry Staunton was advised to not ‘rip off the band aid’ with compensation funds | EUROtoday

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A high civil servant advised the ex-Post Office chairman to “hobble” into the final election and never “rip off the band aid” when it comes to compensation funds to subpostmasters, it has been revealed.

After enterprise secretary Kemi Badenoch accused Henry Staunton of mendacity for saying he had been advised to stall compensation payouts for postmasters affected by the Horizon scandal, he unearthed a memo by which he recorded the instruction.

It revealed that Sarah Munby, who was then the enterprise division’s everlasting secretary, warned Mr Staunton that “politicians do not necessarily like to confront reality” and that “now was not the time for dealing with long-term issues”.

The revelation raises questions on Kemi Badenoch’s denial of Henry Staunton’s claims and her resolution to accuse him of mendacity

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The contemporaneous be aware of their first assembly on January 5 final 12 months, revealed by The Timesraises questions on Ms Badenoch’s denial of Mr Staunton’s declare, in addition to her resolution to accuse him of mendacity.

It emerged after she advised the Commons there was “no evidence whatsoever” of his account and branded it “a blatant attempt to seek revenge” for his sacking.

The be aware can even add to strain on the federal government to set a deadline date for funds to wronged postmasters, which enterprise and commerce committee chairman Liam Byrne has known as for.

The row between Mr Staunton and Ms Badenoch erupted when he gave an explosive interview to the Sunday Times by which he mentioned he was advised to “stall” on compensation for subpostmasters forward of the final election.

Staunton, who was ousted final month after lower than a 12 months within the position, mentioned he had been advised to permit the Tories to “limp into” the vote.

But Ms Badenoch hit again accusing him of “lies” and mentioned he had been faraway from his put up due to “concerns over his conduct”.

She additionally claimed he was being investigated over bullying allegations earlier than he was fired as chairman, and that considerations had been raised about his willingness to co-operate with the probe.

The Horizon scandal noticed greater than 700 postmasters handed felony convictions between 1999 and 2015 as Fujitsu’s defective Horizon system made it seem as if cash was lacking at their branches.

Toby Jones as hero Alan Bates within the ITV drama in regards to the Post Office Scandal which thrust it into public consideration

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Mr Staunton’s be aware, as reported by The Timesrecounts him telling Ms Munby a month after taking his put up that he “had been on over a dozen public company boards and not seen one with so many challenges”.

She was “sympathetic” together with his arguments, however mentioned that “politicians do not necessarily like to confront reality” and within the run as much as a basic election “ there was no appetite to ‘rip off the band aid’”.

The be aware suggests Ms Munby was referring to the general funds of the Post Office, however Mr Staunton mentioned the 2 greatest spending objects had been compensation funds and changing the Horizon system.

Ms Munby reportedly denies telling Mr Staunton to carry again on compensation for sub-postmasters.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/post-office-horizon-kemi-badenoch-staunton-b2499705.html