More than 980 Post Office branch managers were given criminal convictions after faulty Fujitsu accounting software called Horizon made it appear as though money was missing from their shops.
Mr Bates vs The Post Office, a TV drama starring Toby Jones, has highlighted the issue and has led to former Post Office boss Paula Vennells handing back her CBE after facing mounting pressure over the Horizon IT scandal.
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Now the Liberal Democrat leader has come under pressure for his role in government at the time the issue was starting to come to light.
Sir Ed has come under attack from Conservatives over the Horizon scandal because of the “advances he is making in the blue wall”, his party’s leader in Scotland has said.
Sir Ed served as postal affairs minister while in coalition government between 2010 and 2012 and has been accused of having “fobbed off” sub-postmasters impacted by the Horizon scandal.
Speaking to the BBC on Wednesday, Scottish Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said Sir Ed should not stand down despite increasing pressure from politicians and some who were impacted.
“No, I don’t think he should,” Mr Cole-Hamilton said after being asked if Sir Ed should quit, citing comments from Alan Bates, the “heroic” sub-postmaster whose story was dramatised in an ITV series that thrust the story back to the political fore.
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“(Mr Bates) said on Channel 4 News, he was asked about Ed Davey’s position and he said it was wrong to criticise Ed Davey because he was given a bum steer by officials.”
Sir Ed said this week he believes he had been lied to by the Post Office.
Ms Moran has now issued a statement supporting Sir Ed, and said the Post Office “had not been honest” with ministers.
She said: “This is an appalling miscarriage of justice. It’s a scandal that postmasters are still waiting for justice and many are yet to receive compensation.
“The Liberal Democrats back the official inquiry and are calling on the government to ensure families get the justice and compensation they deserve as soon as possible.
“Clearly the Post Office has not been honest with ministers from all political parties and it’s crucial they are held to account.
“Ed has said that he wishes he knew then what we all know now – that the Post Office was lying to victims, him and other ministers on an industrial scale.
“His heart goes out to the families caught up in this miscarriage of justice and he will fully cooperate with the inquiry to get to the bottom of what went wrong.”
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