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Pot Office boss Nick Read has last chance to submit 80-page report on his behavior to MPs


The embattled Post Office chief executive was given one last chance to submit the 80-page inquiry into his conduct before a committee of MPs seeks to formally convene the report.

After a number of missed deadlines to provide the report, Nick Read was informed by the chairman of the Business and Commerce Committee that he had a deadline of 9am on Tuesday morning.

If it is not submitted by then, the committee will discuss formally summoning the document, a rarely used and limited power retained by parliamentary committees when they fail in their normal requests.

The existence of the report arrived like a bomb last week.

It was believed that former Postmaster General Henry Staunton fired earlier this year by Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch, had been investigated.

But at the commission’s hearing last week, Mr Staunton said he was only mentioned in a single paragraph and that the report was “a big investigation into Nick”.

The report was written by a former human resources (HR) director and whistleblower and says Mr Read threatened to quit because he was unhappy with his salary and made accusations of bullying . According to a report in the Sunday Times, Mr Read was seeking compensation of £1.1 million.

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Mr Read denied making threats to resign.

Victims of the Postmaster General’s faulty Horizon software have sought compensation after hundreds were found guilty of false accounting, theft and fraud and many more lost their businesses and lost their jobs. are found in financial and personal ruin after accounting software built by Fujitsu wrongly documented currency deficits. .

The postmasters’ fight for justice was increasingly overshadowed by corporate squabbles within the Post Office.

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After being dismissed, Mr Staunton said the Department of Business and Commerce asked him to slow down the processing of compensation.

In documents obtained exclusively by Sky News, he called to the post office “completely” removed from the remuneration process and placed under the control of postmasters due to the “deep dysfunction” within the organization.

It is understood that the chairman of the Business and Commerce Committee, Labor MP Liam Byrne, has requested that the HR inquiry be sent to the committee by last Thursday, and once the deadline has passed, by Monday afternoon.

La Poste did not respond to request for comment.


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