The president of the British state company Post Office, Henry Staunton, has resigned from his position at the request of the Government after the scandal caused by the ‘Horizon case’. The effects of what has been described as the largest miscarriage of justice in the history of the United Kingdom do not cease after the broadcast at the beginning of the year of the miniseries ‘Mr Bates vs the Post Office’ on the ITV channel.
More than 700 post office attendants throughout the country were accused – and in some cases even imprisoned or ruined – by the Post Office of having stolen or falsified their accounts due to a problem in the Horizon accounting software, from the Japanese company Fujitsu. Now, Staunton will leave his position after a telephone conversation this Saturday with the Minister of Business, Kemi Badenoch, according to his department.
Both agreed to the departure of Staunton “by mutual agreement” and the appointment of an interim replacement within a short period of time. Staunton took office in December 2022, after having led other large companies, the last of which was the retail chain WH Smith for nine years.
Following the broadcast of the series, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that all those accused will be immediately exonerated and receive compensation before the end of the year. “An interim (head) will be appointed shortly and a selection process for a new president will be opened in due course, in accordance with the Governance Code for public appointments,” a Government spokesperson told British media.
In recent years months, the tensions between the Executive and Staunton had escalated, although internal sources in the company separated the latter’s departure from the commotion caused by the series, according to the Sky News news channel.
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