If Parliament have just woken up to the #postofficescandal because of the ITV program you have to wonder why they kept their eyes shut for so long…
Here’s a thread of just some of my actions, there have been many more and many others have been campaigning for a lot longer!
26th February 2020 – I asked then Prime Minister Boris Johnson to launch an independent review into the postoffice and Horizon scandal – surprisingly he agreed.
At #PMQs I asked the Prime Minister if he will commit to launching an independent inquiry into the @PostOffice Horizon IT system scandal. These monumental errors have led to bankruptcy, imprisonment and even suicide. @BorisJohnson must act. #PostOfficeTrial pic.twitter.com/xVz2O9G1LX— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) February 26, 2020
4th March – my constituent Chris Head and I handed in a petition to number 10 asking for a full public enquiry to clear peoples names.
Earlier today myself & Boldon resident Chris Head went to Downing Street to hand in his petition calling for an independent inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) March 4, 2020
People have been jailed, made bankrupt & committed suicide due to this scandal.
Time to act @BorisJohnson. pic.twitter.com/FUvFmzD4j9
9th March 2020 – I followed up with a letter to Boris
.@BorisJohnson should stand by his word and launch an independent inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) March 9, 2020
Over the weekend I sent this letter to the Prime Minister asking for his full commitment into achieving proper justice for all those caught up in the scandal. pic.twitter.com/zXcZqDvDHa
June 2020 I highlighted that we were still waiting for a response from Boris July 2020 I asked the then Minister Paul Scully if we could have a judge led public enquiry
March 2021 – asking the then Minister Paul Scully why the 555 are not included in the historical shortfall scheme – meaning subpostmasters after costs received no compensation. The Minister said the members of the group litigation received full and final settlement
April 2021 – I again asked the then Minister Paul Scully how it is fair that constituents like mine @chrish9070 have been left with nothing after court costs and asking that justice must be served calling for an end to the two tiers of justice.
January 2022 I coordinated a letter with 93 MPs agreeing to sign asking the secretary of state @KwasiKwarteng to look into the external reports on Horizon and ensure the 555 got the justice and compensation they were entitled to
Today I have sent a letter to @KwasiKwarteng with concerns around the Post Office Horizon Scandal compensation scheme & that it exclusively excludes the 555 litigants, from the civil proceedings from claiming.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) January 5, 2022
Thank you to the 93 MPs who have signed & supported this letter. pic.twitter.com/XA6N7SGv9Y
Tabled an Early Day motion (822) on the post office horizon compensation scheme – signed by 137 MPs calling for all victims to get full redress and for the Post Office to be held to account.
In addition to my letter to the Secretary of State earlier this week, I have tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) on the Post Office Horizon compensation scheme.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) January 7, 2022
Please ask your MP to support by adding their signature to this important EDM. https://t.co/WgyRRAwCPG
Oct 2022 Met with Minister Dean Russell and asked in the chamber for him to pause and review all contracts to Fujitsu – an apology is not enough
It's disgraceful that this Government is still handing multi-million-pound contracts to Fujitsu.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) October 25, 2022
The Govt must urgently pause existing contracts with Fujitsu & undertake a full review of all contracts with this appalling company.
As I said during BEIS Questions today 👇 pic.twitter.com/0Icfon2EWj
Oct 2022 – again called on the Govt to review all contracts with this appalling company
This week, the Minister described the Horizon Scandal as awful, yet the Govt continue to hand multi-million-pound contracts to Fujitsu.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) October 29, 2022
I have called on the Government to pause & review all existing contracts with this appalling company. #PostOfficeScandal pic.twitter.com/CYCOgCfH30
Dec 2022 – highlighted the new compensation scheme did not address any of the concerns I had raised and theory were still awarding multi million pound contracts to Fujitsu…
The #PostOfficeScandal comp scheme unveiled yesterday does nothing to address concerns I raised again in January & October.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) December 8, 2022
Theres still money to award multi-million-pound contracts to Fujitsu - yet when it comes to victims the payments are undervalued and delayed.
Jan 2023 – highlighted Horizon scandal again in the chamber. May 2023 called in parliament for the compensation scheme to be expedited and highlighted the scandal of Fujitsu still getting money and the Post Office’s racist vilification of subpostmasters
This is absolutely disgusting.— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) May 26, 2023
The way the post office treated their staff, racist vilification and falsely prosecuted.
Today we heard a
61st Post Office victim has died without receiving full compensation.
This scandal has to end and Fujitsu should get no more government money https://t.co/qGcRnkTjlr
July 2023 called for the Post Office board to be sacked and Fujitsu to be held to account
3 yrs since we demanded a Post Office Horizon inquiry @chrish9070— Kate Osborne MP (@KateOsborneMP) July 18, 2023
The UQ now is hearing:
•comp schemes are a mess
•Mgt & board still withholding info & taking bonuses
•62 died waiting for justice
The board need to be sacked.
Govt must hold Post office & fujitsu to account https://t.co/q5X6VPJ7CE
Right up to date and over the last few days I have spoken to ministers, asked written questions, asked a question in the chamber and laid an Early Day Motion.
I will not stop until my constituent @chrish9070 and all the subpostmasters receive justice, Fujitsu and the Post Office are held to account and all the Govt apologise for the barriers they have put in place. #PostOfficeScandal