The head of the Royal Mail, Simon Thompson, was accused of giving “inconsistencies” in evidence to MPs

The chief executive of Royal Mail has been accused of giving inaccurate evidence to a committee of MPs and has been summoned to face further questions.

Simon Thompson has been asked to make a number of statements before the Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) last week “As soon as possible,” said Darren Jones, chairman of the committee.

The deputies said they had sent in hundreds of complaints, along with evidence, that called into question the answers provided by Mr. Thompson amid a bitter dispute between the company and front-line employees belonging to the Communications Workers Union (CWU).

As new polls begin, Mr. Jones said there are three main areas of focus for the committee.

MPs asked why royal mail It was tracking how quickly employees delivered using their laptops and whether they were disciplined based on that data.

In his initial testimony, Thompson said, “No, I’m not aware of the technology we have that tells people to work faster. I’m not aware of that at all.”

He also denied that it was Royal Mail’s policy to give priority to parcels over letters, something that would break the rules.

However, Mr Jones said: “Contrary to the evidence you have presented, we have been told that managers at many delivery offices advise Royal Mail deliverymen that parcels still need to be prioritized.”

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Posters have appeared in many delivery offices across the country telling employees to prioritize packages, and letters sent to claim commission.

The committee said MPs also had “concerns” about how Royal Mail handled sick pay.

Jones added: “Since Mr. Thompson appeared before the Committee last week, we have had large amounts of evidence to suggest that his answers may not have been entirely correct.”

“The giving of inaccurate information to a parliamentary committee, whether by accident or otherwise, is taken very seriously.

“We must get to the bottom of these discrepancies on behalf of Parliament and intend to do so during this further hearing.”

Royal Mail responded: “We welcome the opportunity to expand on any points the committee would like to make, and share the steps we are taking to resolve this dispute and secure Royal Mail’s long-term future for our people and customers.

“As the Communications Workers Union (CWU) launches its third industrial strike ballot today, we are seeing an increasingly false narrative being circulated around our dispute over wages and change.

“This is designed to create fear and uncertainty among our staff as the CWU builds support for more damaging strikes, rather than focus on agreeing a deal to deliver what our customers need and increase salaries for our staff who have already lost around £1,800 each after 18 days of strikes.”

The CWU said: “In the interests of democracy and public standards, we warmly welcome this decision.

“Politicians charged by the electorate to carry out the work of scrutiny as knowingly and clearly as possible have great concerns about Simon Thompson’s dodgy behaviour.

“These concerns are shared by millions of people, who need to know the facts from those who run the postal services they depend on, and deserve to be treated very seriously.”

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