The UK Justice Secretary is holding crunch talks with judges on Tuesday on expediting clearing the names of hundreds of subpostmasters who were wrongfully convicted in the Horizon scandal.

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride said the discussions are under way as the Government considers ways to overturn the convictions, including possible legislation.

Ministers “intend to move very quickly” to resolve the issue, he said, after the miscarriage of justice was brought into the spotlight by an ITV drama.

Scotland's First Minister has also backed calls for the “mass exoneration” of the victims of the Horizon Post Office scandal – suggesting it is “very worthy of consideration”.

Humza Yousaf has also said the former chief of the Post Office to be stripped of her CBE following the scandal.

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More than 700 subpostmasters having received criminal convictions for allegations such as theft and false accounting, and the government has been criticised over the slow pace of them being cleared.

Reports suggest that 50 new potential victims have approached lawyers since ITV’s Mr Bates Vs The Post Office was broadcast.

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