Chairman Henry Staunton forced to resign from Post Office amid scandal as it ‘wasn’t working’ – Badenoch

The decision to sack the Post Office chairman, Henry Staunton, was not solely due to the Horizon scandal, according to Kemi Badenoch, the British Business secretary. Badenoch stated that Staunton’s departure was related to wider concerns about Post Office governance and the overall business model. She highlighted the need for a chairman who could effectively navigate the current challenges facing the organization.

Staunton, who had taken on the role in December 2022, was tasked with addressing the fallout from the Horizon dispute. However, his departure has raised questions, with the Labour party calling for more specific reasons from the government for their decision.

In interviews with the BBC and Sky, Badenoch emphasized the difficulties within the Post Office and the need for a change in personnel to address these challenges. She also vowed to not rule out further personnel changes, acknowledging that disagreements within the board had contributed to the decision to remove Staunton.

The Horizon scandal, which led to the wrongful convictions of over 700 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses between 1999 and 2015, has resulted in significant financial and personal hardship for those affected. As a result, the Post Office is under intense scrutiny and pressure to provide fair compensation and address governance issues.

This development comes as the Post Office and the Technology firm Fujitsu, which developed the faulty Horizon software, are facing questions at a public inquiry. The decision to remove Staunton from his position has raised hope among campaigners that it could signal broader organizational changes within the Post Office.

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