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MPs issue formal summons to Mike Ashley

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley is to receive a formal summons to give evidence before MPs about the treatment of workers at its Shirebrook facility.

He will be required to give evidence at Westminster on June 7, a spokesman for the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee said today.

A committee spokesman reiterated a previous warning that Ashley could be in contempt of the House of Commons if he ignores the summons.

Committee chair Iain Wright first wrote to Ashley on March 3 to ask him to give evidence on what action he has taken in response to media reports about the treatment of workers at Sports Direct “and about the scope, progress and timetable of your own review of working practices that you announced in December”.

“The treatment of low-paid workers and enforcement of the national minimum wage are issues the committee will be keeping under review over the coming months,” the letter said.

Ashley replied on March 10, accusing Wright of “abusing parliamentary procedure in attempt to create a media circus in Westminster”.

He wrote: “My invitation to the whole committee to visit Shirebrook remains open to you. For the avoidance of doubt, if you wish to ensure transparency, I am happy for all forms of the media to also be in attendance at that meeting.”



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