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Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells forfeits CBE for role in Horizon scandal

23 Feb 2024 1 minute read
Former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells – Image: Anthony Devlin

Former Post Office boss Paula Vennells has forfeited her CBE for “bringing the honours system into disrepute” following her handling of the Horizon crisis.

Ms Vennells was named on Friday in a list published on the Cabinet Office website as an individual whose honour had been revoked by the King.


Issuing an apology last month, Ms Vennells announced that she planned to hand back her CBE “with immediate effect” following a fresh fallout over the Horizon IT scandal, which led to the wrongful prosecution of hundreds of subpostmasters.

The former chief executive, who ran the Post Office while it routinely denied there was a problem with its Horizon IT system, was appointed a CBE in December 2018.


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Evan Aled Bayton
Evan Aled Bayton
1 month ago

No help to the long suffering abused postmasters. When will some of the perpetrators from the Post Office and the government be prosecuted?

1 month ago

Lack of urgency in dealing with this serious crime. That recently fired Chairman of P.O was close to the truth. All government ministers have been anxious to tuck the matter under the carpet and now that it’s out in the open their aims are to ensure payments are delayed.

1 month ago

This woman is carrying the can for a lot of people , it is only right that she returns the honour, but what about the members of David Cameron’s gov who were aware of this, and the PO bosses who dropped the enquiry, with the full knowledge of the UK Gov.

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