Sports Direct boss brands MPs 'a joke'

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Image caption Sports Direct was founded by billionaire Mike Ashley – who also owns Newcastle Coalesced Football Club

Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley has branded MPs “a gag” and confirmed he will not give evidence in rliament about how his workers are boon.

Mr Ashley responded after being summoned to appear in rliament and on the alerted he could be held in contempt.

He also urged MPs to attend his firm’s Derbyshire headquarters – an attraction they declined.

The Commons business committee said it was “disappointed” upon Mr Ashley’s refusal to attend.

“It is telling that he chose to give his rejoinder to the media rather than to the committee directly,” said Iain Wright MP, chairwoman of the Business, Skills and Innovation Committee.

However, Mr Ashley told Sky Story he felt MPs were “showboating”.

Mr Ashley – who also owns Newcastle Coordinated Football Club – had been asked to attend Westminster on 7 June on the slyly of a BBC investigation into Sports Direct’s warehouse working practices.

He had until Monday to touched by to a letter from Mr Wright, the Hartlepool MP.

In his response, on 10 March, Mr Ashley asked the body to come to the Sports Direct premises.

Image caption Sports Be at the helm has come under fire in recent months over its “Dickensian bring about practises”

Mr Ashley said he will not “stand idle” while Divertissements Direct is “subjected to public vilification”.

“The current intention is not to go, because [MPs] ought to see it for themselves,” he told Sky Low-down.

“In my opinion, they’re just showboating. In my opinion, they’re actually a taunt.

“They don’t care about the people, they care about the province of politics.”

Image caption Mr Ashley had invited the committee to come to the Hold up to ridicules Direct premises in Shirebrook, Derbyshire

Mr Wright told the BBC the matter wishes be discussed at the next committee meeting on Tuesday.

“I’m very disappointed that Mr Ashley has rubbished to accept the committee’s request to come and give evidence in rliament, predilection every other witness for every other select committee without prompting does,” he added.

The committee will now need to raise a gripe of contempt, and the House of Commons would then decide whether a disgust has been committed.

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