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Mike Ashley will face MPs tomorrow

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has said he will now appear before MPs to defend his chain’s “good name”, after he previously said he wouldn’t.

Ashley is set to appear before the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee tomorrow to answer questions on the working conditions at Sports Direct.

He sent a letter to committee chairman Iain Wright which said he had nothing to hide.

“I am mindful of your statement to the press on Friday in which you question whether or not Sports Direct has anything to hide,” the letter said.

“I can assure you that nothing is further from the truth. I believe my repeated invitations for you to attend Shirebrook are a clear demonstration that in fact we have nothing to hide. I was merely seeking to avoid an unnecessary media circus.

“However, after much reflection over the last 48 hours, I have concluded that a lengthy legal battle would be of no benefit to either of us. It would also no doubt lead to further unwarranted accusations that I am being secretive, whereas in fact I have been open and honest at every stage of this process.

“I have therefore reconsidered my position and I am writing to confirm that I will now be attending parliament on Tuesday in order to defend the good name of Sports Direct on behalf of all of the great people who work here.”

 

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