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MP asks: ‘Is Mike Ashley a fit and proper person to run a football club’

7 years ago

MP questions: ‘Is Mike Ashley a fit and proper person to run a football club’

One MP has questioned whether Mike Ashley is a fit and proper person to run a football club.

Labour MP Alison McGovern, who represents Wirral South, has raised the question after the Newcastle United owner has shown complete contempt for parliament and the people they represent.

Like over 90% of Sports Direct employees, both Newcastle United and Rangers fans have realised the contempt that Ashley holds them in, now the democratic process is getting the same treatment.

Politicians had wanted to question Ashley about his cynical use of zero hours contracts across his empire, as well as the controversial collapse of his fashion chain USC, which was instantly taken on by another branch of his empire when it went into administration.

MPs are so outraged they have made public email exchanges between themselves and Mike Ashley’s representatives.

Outrageously, Ashley’s people didn’t bother replying for  four weeks and then when they did, they said their boss was busy for the entire month of March and didn’t have a single window of opportunity where he could meet with MPs.

Instead, the parliamentary committee have been given the organ grinder’s monkey, non-executive chairman Keith Hellawell and the MPs are furious at Mike Ashley’s refusal to appear.

One MP was quoted:

“He clearly doesn’t want to come and seems to think he is bigger than parliament.  Normally people’s enthusiasm for coming in front of us is less than total and we appreciate and understand that, but this tactic of obfuscation and delay is unacceptable.”

Alison McGovern, who has campaigned against zero hours contracts for years:

“Mike Ashley is showing the same contempt for parliament as he shows for his employees.  Good companies are always happy to help out select committees. If companies think parliament doesn’t have the appetite to force them to come to select committees, then they haven’t been watching parliament for the last five years.”

“It raises questions over whether he is a fit and proper person to run a football club.”

When asked, a representative for Sports Direct said:

“The committee’s request was carefully considered by the company and Sports Direct responded in a timely manner.”


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