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Mike Ashley files complaint over select committee conduct

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has filed a formal complaint to Parliament concerning the conduct of former MP Ian Wright, who chaired the business, innovation and skills select committee.

Wright chaired the committee behind the 2016 inquiry which concluded that Sports Direct was being run like a “Victorian workhouse”.

According to reports in The Telegraph, the complaint from Sports Direct says that Wright was neither fair nor objective in his handling of the inquiry. The complaint criticises the former Labour MP for not explaining a donation from the union Unite, and for misleading the company over proposed inspection dates of the group’s Shirebrook warehouse.

However, transcripts of the parliamentary hearing record Wright declaring the Unite donation, and also show Wright asking Ashley if the committee could show up uninvited to inspect the Shirebrook site, to which Ashley replies: “100%, 24/7”.

Speaking to The Guardian, Wright commented: “I’m more than happy that he [Ashley] is flagging up what I think was a really good piece of work. My colleagues, who were cross party, worked well together to highlight a list of appalling practices.”

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