On the day his knighthood is set to be debated by MPs, Sir Philip Green has criticised what he termed a series of “highly defamatory and false” comments made by Frank Field, chair of the work and pensions committee.
The fresh criticism in the ongoing dispute between Sir Philip and Field concerned comments Field made in an interview with Channel 4 News. A letter from the board of Taveta Investments claims Field made “a number of highly defamatory and false statements about Arcadia and Philip Green” during the interview.
The letter specifically criticises Field for upsetting workers at Arcadia, by claiming Sir Philip “is running Arcadia into the ground like BHS”. It also contains a list of “BHS key facts” to refute Field’s claim that assets were plundered from the company.
The letter also states that: “It is perfectly clear that you are now goading Sir Philip and Arcadia to sue you. We do not wish to waste our time at this stage getting into litigation with you.”
This comes as MPs are set to vote today on whether Sir Philip Green should lose his knighthood, in the wake of the collapse of BHS.
Green was awarded the knighthood in 2006 for services to retail, but MPs will debate and vote today on whether he should be stripped of the honour.