Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision to quash the convictions of 39 former postmasters following the Horizon scandal.
This scandal relates to a faulty computer system called Horizon introduced in the 1990s to process transactions in post offices. The system falsely showed shortfalls and many postmasters were either criminally convicted or forced to pay back thousands of pounds that they did not actually owe.
One of those affected by this scandal was Della Robinson, who was subpostmaster at Dukinfield Post Office. Gwynne has raised this issue repeatedly in Parliament.
Judges ruled today (23rd April) that these 39 wrongful convictions were an “affront to the public conscience”.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“This is a very welcome ruling and I am particularly pleased that my constituent Della Robinson has got some measure of justice.
“However, there is still much that needs to be done to end this scandal. As welcome as this ruling is, it doesn’t compensate for so many lives ruined.
“The fight for justice in the Horizon scandal goes on, but this is a huge step forward.”