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Mike Ashley refuses to appear before MPs

Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley has refused to appear before MPs at the Scottish Affairs Committee over his treatment of USC workers and his use of zero-hours contracts.

Ashley told MPs it was more appropriate that Sports Direct chief executive David Foley attend the committee, which is investigating the collapse of USC and how 200 warehouse workers in Dundonald lost their jobs with only a 15-minute consultation period.

Committee chairman Ian Davidson said he was satisfied the company had agreed to put a senior executive in front of the committee, though he warned it retained the right to call Ashley if questions remained unanswered, according to The Guardian.

“The hearing will be at the end of this month with the chief executive. We are still very concerned about the situation and want to conduct a thorough investigation. If we are not satisfied with the answers we get, then the committee will be able to reconvene after the election and request to meet Mike Ashley,” he said.  

In a previous statement, Davidson said Ashley would “eventually realise that he is not bigger than parliament”.

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