Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has accused MPs of “leaping to conclusions” and giving him a “trial by media” over the high street chain’s collapse last month.
Frank Field, chair of the work and pensions committee, and Ian Wright, chair of the business, innovation and skills committee, are each conducting inquiries into the events that led up to BHS’s administration.
In a letter to the two committee chairs, Green said he “welcomed the opportunity to assist” the inquiries, but only on the basis that they are “genuinely intended to get to the truth in a fair and balanced way and on the basis of actual facts”.
He said he was concerned about various statements the chairs have made to the press – for example, calling for him to lose his knighthood or suggesting he asset-stripped BHS without regard to its employees.
“These statements suggest you are leaping to conclusions before any evidence from any witness has been heard,” Green argued.
He warned that witnesses might be “less willing” to offer their assistance if the committee chairs “do not act in a responsible way”.
It has also been reported that Green has called for Field’s resignation.
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