Parliament’s row with Mike Ashley looks to be getting to the business end of things now.
The Newcastle United owner has so far steadfastly refused to appear before MPs, who wish to question him about the way he treats thousands of people who work for his Sports Direct empire, as well as other issues regarding his business.
In a game of cat and mouse, the stakes have gone increasingly higher and ended with the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee, making public a letter saying Mike Ashley would/could be held in ‘contempt’ of the House of Commons, if he continued to defy them.
The Sports Direct magnate then hit back in his own letter which was almost made public, by accusing the Select committee of; “abusing Parliamentary procedure in order to create a media circus.”
Accusing others of manipulating the media is a bit rich coming from somebody who does this day in day out in his running of both Sports Direct ad Newcastle United.
The Select Committee has now warned Mike Ashley via a formal summons that he must give evidence in front of them on 7 June 2016, or else he could be in contempt of Parliament if he ignores this summons.
A spokesman for the committee saying that if Ashley yet again refuses to comply, they have; “…reserved the right to take the matter further, including seeking the support of the House of Commons in respect of any complaint of contempt.”