The Liberal Party welcomes the start of the public enquiry into the Post Office scandal which saw over 700 sub-post masters and mistresses wrongly convicted of fraud, theft and false accounting.
The treatment of these people represents the most blatant miss-carriage of justice imaginable, aggravated by the disclosures that flaws in the Horizon system were known to both the supplier and Post Office management.
The party supports the payment of compensation to those wrongly convicted but believe that taxpayers should not be expected to shoulder the entire cost now estimated to run to potentially hundreds of millions of pounds.
We believe that that both Fujitsu, the chief contractor of the Horizon project as well as senior Post Office management who received bonuses during this time should contribute to the payments and should face further legal scrutiny.
Cllr Steve Radford
Leader of The Liberal Party