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Sports Direct’s Ashley invites politicians to HQ

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has reportedly invited politicians to the retailer’s headquarters in Shirebrook to discuss claims made over the treatment of its employees.

The sportswear firm has been accused of “naming and shaming” staff over a tannoy and searching them when leaving the Shirebrook warehouse.

Ashley has now invited MPs to the depot to meet face-to-face, according to The Mirror.

He was criticised last year for not appearing before a parliamentary committee examining the use of zero-hours contracts and the closure of the Ayrshire warehouse of its fashion chain USC. Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell attended instead.

MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee demanded to know what “immovable commitments” prevented him attending.

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