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Mike Ashley admits problems with working conditions

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley has admitted for the first time that working practices at the retailer’s warehouse need to improve, ahead of his meeting with MPs at 11am this morning (June 7).

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In a letter to the retailer’s 27,000 staff, seen by The Telegraph, Ashley acknowledged that there had been issues with security and search processes at Sports Direct’s main warehouse in Derbyshire.

“This has been a difficult year for the company,” he said as he thanked his employees for their “hard work” during a “challenging time.”

Ashley told staff that he is appearing before MP’s on the Business select committee to “defend the good name of Sports Direct and all of yourselves.”

Sports Direct’s chief executive Dave Forsey will not be taking his four year share bonus, worth as much as £4m.

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