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Alan Bates rejects ‘ridiculous’ invitation to royal garden party

Alan Bates and Jo Hamilton have snubbed government invitations to a royal garden party, while hundreds of sub-postmasters are still waiting for compensation.

Mr Bates, whose battle for justice in the Horizon software scandal inspired the ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office, branded the invitation to Buckingham Palace “ridiculous”.

He said the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) had “shot itself in the foot” with an “attempt at a PR job”.

Several other Horizon victims were invited to the event by email on Wednesday morning – with Mr Bates receiving his invitation on Thursday afternoon.

All were offered two dates in May to choose from and given 24 hours to respond.

Ms Hamilton, a former sub-postmistress, only received her final redress payment from the Government a little over a month ago.

Sharing the letter in which she rejected the invitation, Ms Hamilton, said on X that the DBT “still don’t get it” and the department “party on while postmasters wait for the crumbs from their table”.


Speaking to The Telegraph on Friday, Mr Bates, 69, said: “It’s ridiculous redressal payment – you had the Post Office shooting itself in the foot on Tuesday and now the DBT shooting itself in the foot.

“I just don’t know what they were thinking; it was clearly an attempt at a PR job.”

Mr Bates said he knew of “around a dozen” former sub-postmasters who had been asked to the party and the invitations appeared to be limited to those who had already received a final payment – aside from himself.

He said: “I think I was an afterthought. I think someone panicked and thought they had to invite me.

“But I was never going to accept; if I turned down an OBE, I wasn’t going to attend this.

“How could I accept something like this when so many people are still waiting for financial redress?”

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