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Mike Ashley agrees to appear before MPs

Sports Direct founder and majority owner Mike Ashley has agreed to appear before MPs on June 7 to answer questions about the retailer’s employment practices.

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It is on the condition the MPs visit Sports Direct’s warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, in advance “to see employment conditions and practices with their own eyes.”

The offer was made in a letter to the chairman of the business, innovation and skills committee, Iain Wright. 

It comes over two months after Ashley was first called before parliament to give evidence, following media investigations into working conditions at the warehouse.

Ashley has until now refused to attend and has been threatened by MPs with contempt of parliament.

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