Local MPs have threatened to pull out of a planned visit to the Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, unless majority shareholder Mike Ashley agrees to appear in front of a parliamentary committee.
It emerged on Tuesday that Ashley is to be formally summonsed by MPs to answer questions over his company’s treatment of staff before the business, innovation and skills (BIS) select committee on June 7.
Separately, a group of local Labour MPs had agreed to meet Ashley at the Shirebrook facility on March 21. However, some of the MPs - namely Dennis Skinner, Toby Perkins and Gloria de Piero - are now threatening to pull out, the Guardian reports.
A letter they have signed states: “We would be grateful if you could confirm that you will be making an appointment to answer questions from the BIS select committee in advance of our meeting on Monday 21 March … or, regrettably, we will have to reschedule.
“To be clear, we are not prepared to meet at the facility in Shirebrook until you have set a date to respond to the BIS select committee.”