Post Offices, and the Sub-Postmasters that run them, have been absolute pillars of communities up and down the country for decades.

They don’t just provide a service, they are often valued community hubs where you can do much more than just buy a stamp.

It is because of that status, that the Horizon Scandal has provoked such a fierce outrage amongst the British public.

The ITV drama, “Mr Bates v the Post Office” has done a fantastic job at raising awareness of the shameful treatment Sub-Postmasters faced, and the continued suffering they are having to endure.

I have been campaigning on this issue for many years and it has been going on for far too long, we must see swift action to ensure justice is done.

It’s also a scandal local people have felt a deep, and personal, impact from.

My constituent Della Robinson used to run Dukinfield Post Office, a valued part of the community, but lost everything thanks to criminal action pursued against her by the Post Office.

Despite her innocence, Post Office stripped Della of her livelihood, and the people of Dukinfield of her fantastic service and dedication.

Della and her fellow Sub-Postmasters have had to jump through endless loops in their fight for justice, spending valuable time and money with the Post Office placing hurdle after hurdle in their way.

Whilst Della has had her conviction rightly quashed, hundreds of others still hold criminal records that are utterly unjust, with many struggling to access compensation.

I welcome the commitment from the Minister in his statement this week, for swift action to be taken on the compensation process and overturning of convictions.

There is real unity in Parliament to make sure we get this right and I will continue to work with colleagues across the House in the pursuit of justice.

Furthermore, the slap in the face of victims that was given by the awarding of a CBE to former Post Office CEO, Paula Vennells is intolerable.

She grew up in Denton, she knows our community, she knows the heartache Della’s case has caused.

Calls for her to be stripped of the CBE are right, but they shouldn’t be needed, if Mrs Vennells had a shred of decency, she would hand the honour back.

Justice delayed is justice denied, and the delay has already been unacceptable.

I won’t stop campaigning till Della and her fellow victims are fully compensated, with all convictions overturned, they deserve nothing less.

Constituency Office Address

Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

Parliamentary Office Address

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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