Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry
25th April 2022
We welcome the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry and hope it provides a full explanation of how the failings of the Horizon IT system led to such appalling treatment of subpostmasters.
Following the Court of Appeal judgment given on 23 April 2021, overturning the convictions of 39 sub-postmasters, the Revd Paula Vennells, who was CEO of Post Office Limited from 2012 to 2019, informed the Bishop of St Albans that she intended to step back from her regular parochial duties.
At that time, the Bishop of St Albans said:
“As the son of a former sub-postmaster I express my distress at the miscarriage of justice that so many subpostmasters have suffered. They and their families are in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad that these and earlier appeals have overturned convictions that have been found to be unjust. I am aware that there are still legal processes and inquiries to take place during which it is right that Ms Vennells stands back from public ministry.”
The Revd Paula Vennells said:
“I am truly sorry for the suffering caused to the 39 sub-postmasters as a result of their convictions which were overturned last week. It is obvious that my involvement with the Post Office has become a distraction from the good work undertaken in the Diocese of St Albans and in the parishes I serve. I have therefore stepped back with immediate effect from regular parish ministry, and intend to focus fully on working with the ongoing Government Inquiry to ensure the affected sub-postmasters and wider public get the answers they deserve.”