Ed Davey defends his involvement in the scandal by denouncing the Post Office’s “web of deceit.”

Exclusive: Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has faced criticism for failing victims during his tenure as postal affairs minister from 2010 to 2012.

Amidst the Horizon scandal, Davey has defended his actions and accused senior Post Office managers of spreading a “conspiracy of lies”. He refused to apologize for his role in the miscarriage of justice and stated that the government has been slow to overturn convictions and provide compensation.

Furthermore, Davey raised questions about the decision to award a CBE to former Post Office CEO Paula Vennells in the 2019 new year honours list, despite ongoing legal action by post office operators.

In an interview with The Guardian, Davey emphasized his focus on seeking justice for post office operators who were prosecuted due to faulty Post Office software. He urged accountability for those responsible for the “conspiracy of lies” and welcomed Scotland Yard’s investigation into potential offenses related to the Post Office’s actions.

While acknowledging the anger of the victims, Davey did not offer a direct apology. However, he expressed regret for being deceived and assured that he had pressed the Post Office for answers. He also revealed that he met Alan Bates, the leading campaigner among post office operators, despite initial advice against doing so.

Reacting to the news that the honors forfeiture committee may review Vennells’ CBE, Davey expressed surprise and questioned who approved the award. He criticized the government and the Post Office for delaying compensation and failing to overturn convictions.

Although Lib Dem insiders accused the Tories of using Davey’s tenure for political gain, he refused to shift blame onto other ministers who were also misled.

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