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Labour MPs demand Sports Direct investigation

A group of Labour MPs intend to ask prime minister David Cameron for an investigation into working conditions at Sports Direct, according to The Guardian

It comes after the newspaper sent undercover reporters into the sportswear retailer’s warehouse in Shirebrook, who found workers were subjected to searches and surveillance, as well as having zero-hours contracts.

The findings, which reflect those from an earlier Channel 4 Dispatches programme in April, have led to calls for HM Revenue and Customs to investigate whether Sports Direct has breached national minimum wage legislation.

Iain Wright MP, chair of the business, innovation and skills select committee, said he would write to the retailer’s founder Mike Ashley following allegations over unfair working practices, The Guardian said.

Wright said: “I will certainly be writing to Mike Ashley to ask him to respond to these reports and explain how he and Sports Direct are fair and considerate employers who value workers who are employed in the company.”

Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead, added: “There is enough evidence to say that this needs an urgent response. If we write to different arms of the government separately, they will trade one off against the other.”

He added that the group would ask David Cameron for a government-wide response, to include HMRC and the Health and Safety Executive.

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