Scottish Daily Mail

Ashley faces threat of summons from MPs

- By Rupert Steiner

SPORTS Direct tycoon Mike Ashley is facing a summons from politician­s probing the collapse of one of his store chains with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

The Scottish Affairs Committee has taken the extraordin­ary step of publishing its exchange with the entreprene­ur in an attempt to shame him into answering questions over the administra­tion of 28 stores bearing the USC name.

The billionair­e, who owns 8.92pc of Rangers FC, has given the MPs the run-around after they invited him to give evidence at a time of his choice.

Instead, Sports Direct has tried to palm them off with chairman Dr Keith Hellawell saying Ashley was too busy. The politician­s were having none of it and asked him to forward his schedule. They also issued a veiled threat that they would formally issue him with a summons requiring him to appear.

Ashley continued to wriggle out of committing himself. He resisted handing over his schedule and said through his lawyers that threats of a summons are ‘inappropri­ate’.

Ashley’s lawyers RPC wrote: ‘Mr Ashley has long standing commitment­s in March which means that he is out of the country and/or not available for that month.’

The committee asked for ‘more clarity on exactly when he [Ashley] is out of the country and when he is in the country but unavailabl­e due to other commitment­s’.

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