Let's hope former Post Office boss Alan Cook will get pushed out as chairman of LV after his role in the disgraceful scandal that ruined so many sub-postmasters lives
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Pleased to report that another former Post Office boss is likely to get the push from his comfortable and highly paid chairmanship in the wake of the scandal that destroyed the lives of so many sub-postmasters.
This time the man in the firing line is Alan Cook, chairman of the insurers LV who from 2006 to 2010 was managing director of the Post Office.
Early in his tenure at the Post Office Cook launched the prosecution of the 39 Post office workers. The charges were based around the fact that there were shortfalls in the sub-postmasters’ accounts.
But the evidence against them was entirely due to the flawed software system Horizon. Despite their protests of innocence some went to jail and everybody had their livelihoods destroyed. It was a nightmare.
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Literally six weeks ago the Court of Appeal threw out all the convictions and described it as a massive miscarriage of justice.
The CEO of the Post Office business at the time Paula Vennels did the good thing and stood down from the Boards of Morrisons and Dunelm plus announcing she would be stopping her duties as an ordained Church of England Minister.
Now the fire has turned on Cook. He should go. I imagine he will protest that the prosecutions were driven by the legal department of the Post Office but leadership means taking responsibility.
He has had a gilded life and under his watch a terrible injustice happened so he will have to stand down from public life. Nobody will shed a tear and it will make those innocent 39 feel better.
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