Petition to strip ex-Post Office boss of CBE signed by 1 million people

A petition calling for former Post Office boss Paula Vennells to lose her CBE over the Horizon scandal has attracted a couple of million signatures.

Demands to take away Ms Vennells CBE emerged once more after ITV aired a brand new drama into the scandal, Mr Bates vs The Post Office, which tells how former subpostmasters and subpostmistresses had been held liable by the Post Office for monetary discrepancies thrown up by its computerised accounting system.

At the time, Ms Vennells oversaw the organisation and routinely denied issues with the system.

The petition, which is addressed to Sir Chris Wormald, the chair of the Forfeiture Committee, says: “Evidence has been produced that the Post Office engaged in a mass cover up which led to the wrongful prosecution of 550 Post Office Staff many of whom were subsequently jailed, bankrupted and in some cases, sadly took their own lives.

“Having been handed a CBE for companies to the Post Office, and moved out into different senior positions in authorities and healthcare, it’s only proper that this award is now withdrawn by way of the method of forfeiture.”

It comes as Rishi Sunak confirmed that Justice Secretary Alex Chalk is contemplating methods of serving to to clear the names of these convicted in what has been known as essentially the most widespread miscarriage of justice in UK historical past.

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