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Former Post Office chairman Henry Staunton’s allegations against Kemi Badenoch are a ‘total mess’, sources say


The former Post Office chairman’s allegations against Kemi Badenoch were branded a ‘total mess’ by Government sources last night.

Henry Staunton sparked a furious row with the Business Secretary by claiming that she told him he was being sacked because ‘someone’s got to take the rap’ for the Horizon IT scandal.

But Mrs Badenoch then revealed he had been facing bullying allegations in the Commons on Monday. Mr Staunton said he was unaware of the claims, but a civil service note of a call between the pair last month states: ‘The complaints against HS are so serious that the Government need to intervene.’

This suggests that Mr Staunton was aware of serious allegations against him before Monday and that he knew they were the reason for his dismissal. The call note also disproved Mr Staunton’s claims that Mrs Badenoch did not apologise for the short notice of his dismissal, in order to share the news before the media broke the story.

Henry Staunton (pictured) sparked a furious row with the Business Secretary by claiming that she told him he was being sacked because 'someone's got to take the rap' for the Horizon IT scandal

Henry Staunton (pictured) sparked a furious row with the Business Secretary by claiming that she told him he was being sacked because ‘someone’s got to take the rap’ for the Horizon IT scandal

But Mrs Badenoch (pictured) then revealed he had been facing bullying allegations in the Commons on Monday

But Mrs Badenoch (pictured) then revealed he had been facing bullying allegations in the Commons on Monday

A government source said Mr Staunton’s ‘constantly shifting claims should call into question everything he’s said to date’. Mrs Badenoch’s Commons speech accused Mr Staunton of spreading ‘lies’, ‘misinformation’ and ‘wild baseless’ accusations.

On Monday night, a spokesman for Mr Staunton said the speech was ‘the first time the existence of such [bullying] allegations’ had been mentioned and that he was ‘not aware of any aspect’ of his conduct ‘which could give rise to such allegations’.

He has been asked to appear before the Commons business and trade committee next week, paving the way for a fresh row.



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