Mike Ashley has so far dodged appearing in front of MPs to explain/justify how he runs his empire, but Parliament still has the Newcastle United owner in their sights.

Having seriously wound them up with the disdain he showed when asked to appear before them, the chairman of the Scottish Affairs committee, Labour MP Ian Davidson, has said:

“After the Election a new committee will be formed. They will have five years to secure a meeting.

“He (Mike Ashley) can’t be busy every day for five years.”

Ashley’s stand-in/stooge, Sports Direct Chairman Keith Hellawell, was given a torrid time by the MPs on the Scottish Affairs committee and claimed that Mike Ashley had never refused to appear and allegedly would be quite happy to appear in the future…

Hellawell was forced to admit that 78% were employed/existed on zero hours contracts by Mike Ashley at Sports Direct, with Prime Minister David Cameron admitting this week that he wouldn’t be able to live if employed on similar zero hours contract terms.

Mike Ashley claimed his human rights had been violated by MPs revealing correspondence between them and Ashley’s people, as he fought off attempts to even properly respond to the requests by  the committee to appear.

As well as the overwhelming use of zero hours contracts, Hellawell and ultimately his boss Mike Ashley faced accusations of ‘diabolical’ pensions compared to the rest of the FTSE 100.

MPs also accused them of holding a supplier, Diesel, to ransom during negotiations.

Committee Chairman Davidson saying to Hellawell:

“‘We have established that you refused to pay rent in order to strengthen your hand in negotiations and a number of other practices which were reprehensible. We’ve got to assume, not unreasonably, that a company that we’ve already established behaves extremely badly towards its suppliers and the taxpayer is also likely to behave in a less than perfect manner towards staff.’

The MPs said that the company had been speaking to administrators over the fate of USC for almost two months before its collapse, but then workers were given only 15 minutes’ notice of it.

The committee were also angry that taxpayers had been left with a bill for £575,000, while the parent company made £240 million in annual profit.

During his grilling, Conservative MP Simon Reevell suggested that Hellawell had been ‘put up as a sacrifice’ before them.

Great to see that the MPs are determined to make Mike Ashley answerable for how he is treating thousands and thousands of people who can’t carry that fight to Ashley themselves.

I bet the Newcastle United owner will be keeping a careful eye on whether certain MPs are re-elected in the upcoming general election….

  • LeazesEnder

    We’re busy doin’ nothin’ Workin’ the whole day through 
    Tryin’ to find lots of things not to do 
    We’re busy goin’ nowhere 
    Isn’t it just a crime 
    We’d like to be unhappy, but 
    We never do have the time

  • Ian Clow

    Mp,s need to park up outside Gregg’s they are sure to catch him on one of his many visits a day.

  • IntravenusMP

    Is it really anything to do with an MP as to how Mike Ashley runs his business?

    I were Mike i’d tel them to eff orf. It’s just electioneering by an egotistical Labour MP whom I’d hope is not an MP after May.

  • Bornunderabigbluestar

    Pot, kettle and black, much as I don’t like MA and his business methods he is following the laws and rules of this country which the MPs have the power to change but they use to their own benefit as well, as we all know.

  • Paul Soulsby

    Unfortunately it would take the shithouse longer than that to count his money.

  • Toonbadger

    Total and utter SCUMBAG I hope he gets whats coming to him  10 fold

  • Toonbadger

    IntravenusMP  NUTTER

  • stevennufc

    obviously ashley must keep his pie supplier sweet though eh?

  • Michael Teasdale

    Sadly, he’s very busy sucking the soul out of NUFC on a daily basis.

  • Munich Mag

    I’m sure it isn’t against the law NOT to turn up to any particular meeting personally ?

  • Gary Linney

    I hope that this becomes so uncomfortable for jabba the fatboy , he gets sent home to change his trousers! heheh!

  • tommyconnelly52

    Run his business is fine but when one arm of his business goes under then the people should not have to pay £450,000 when the his main company made 240 million. Like all businessmen they don’t give a dam as long as they keep making money like ZERO hours contracts for workers. I only wish that Labour change there course and ho back to old Labour and rip up the union laws that Maggie made.