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Response to the Post Office Horizon Scandal

I am deeply troubled by the Horizon Post Office scandal, a miscarriage of justice that has unfolded under the watch of successive Labour, Liberal, and Tory Ministers. The gravity of this situation cannot be overstated, and the profound impact on the lives of sub-postmasters demands swift and decisive action.

The Horizon system, initially procured under the Major government, saw prosecutions initiated during Blair's first parliament. Today, we find ourselves under the eighth Prime Minister since its implementation. The prolonged duration to reach this point is unacceptable, and we must hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

The recent exposure of the management of Post Office Limited raises serious concerns about their continued stewardship of our post office network. Questions linger over the extent of the Post Office's cooperation with the inquiry and its relationships, both past and present, with Fujitsu. It is imperative that we get to the bottom of these issues to ensure justice prevails.

In response to the scale of the injustice faced by sub-postmasters in Scotland and across the UK, a scheme to pardon all those caught up in the Horizon IT scandal is under consideration. As your Member of Parliament, I am fully committed to supporting this initiative and ensuring that potential victims do not miss out on the compensation they rightfully deserve.

I applaud Angela Constance, the Justice Secretary for Scotland, for taking immediate action by reaching out to her Westminster counterpart. Together, we must ensure that anyone wrongly convicted as a result of the Horizon scandal has their convictions reversed and is entitled to compensation.

I welcome the Prime Minister's announcement regarding introduction of new primary legislation to make sure that those convicted as a result of the Horizon scandal are swiftly exonerated and compensated.

Furthermore, the decision by Paula Vennells to hand back her CBE is a step in the right direction. It is crucial that those involved in the mismanagement of this scandal take responsibility for their actions.

For years, the SNP has been calling for an independent inquiry into the Horizon Scandal, recognising it as the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British legal history. I stand in solidarity with these calls and will do everything in my power to ensure those responsible are held to account.

Rest assured, I am committed to fighting for justice, transparency, and accountability in this matter. The victims of the Horizon Post Office scandal deserve nothing less, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf.

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