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Mike Ashley challenges MPs to 'televised debate'

Sports Direct chief executive Mike Ashley has challenged MPs to a live, televised debate at the retailer’s Shirebrook warehouse.

Ashley has written to Labour MP and shadow minister for industry Iain Wright urging him to return to Sports Direct and debate in front of 500 of its staff. The Sports Direct boss also accused Wright of knowing he would not be present when members of the business, energy and industrial strategy select committee made a surprise visit to Shirebrook last month.

“I believe the best way forward would be for you to return to Shirebrook to join 500 of the people who work at Sports Direct for a live televised debate in our auditorium,” Ashley wrote. ”This is something that our people have suggested to me would be hugely beneficial to them as they feel their voice is currently not being heard. It would also enable you to ask whatever further questions you feel are appropriate.”

A row over an alleged attempt to spy on MPs erupted during the visit, following the discovery of a camera placed under a stool when they were brought a plate of sandwiches for lunch.

MPs have since written to Ashley demanded an explanation. Sports Direct said “it did not authorise or have any knowledge of a possible recording device.”

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