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M&S accused of hypocrisy over attack on discount fashion

Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose has been accused of hypocrisy over his attack on discount fashion after it emerged the high street giant shared suppliers with value chain Primark.

The Times reported that Rose told shareholders at the retailer’s AGM yesterday that it was impossible to sell a T-shirt for £2 “and pay fair and living wage to the person who made it”

However, Associated British Foods, which owns Primark said yesterday that it shared suppliers with major high street retailers.

Anti-poverty charity War on Want accused M&S of hypocrisy. Senior campaigns officer Simon McRae said: “This underlines the systemic problem that no leading British fashion retailer can guarantee a living wage and decent conditions for garment workers.”

An M&S spokeswoman said rejected the claims saying: “There’s absolutely no hypocrisy here”.



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