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Unite hold Dick Turpin style protest over working practices at Sports Direct

Unite union is holding a 'Dick Turpin' style protest in Chesterfield over work practices at retail giant Sports Direct.

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BHS collapse: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley called before MPs

Newcastle United owner and businessman Mike Ashley has been called to answer questions by MPs investigating the collapse of BHS.

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According to ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills, the MPs want to find out why a rescue bid by his company Sports Direct failed.

At least 10 witnesses will be asked to appear on June 28 and 29 to answer MPs questions.

Ashley appeared before MPs earlier this week to answer questions about working practices at Sports Direct.

On Tuesday he said to the Business Select Committee that he '100%' wanted to buy BHS,which failed to find a buyer putting 550 employees at risk across its 11 North East stores.

Mr Ashley said 'I'm not a saint, but you could have made a success of that business.'

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BHS collapse: Mike Ashley to be called before MPs

Mike Ashley of Sports Direct is to be asked to appear before MPs investigating the collapse of BHS.

According to ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills, the MPs want to find out why a Sports Direct rescue bid failed.

BHS is set to go into liquidation after administrators failed to find a buyer. All 163 stores will close with 11,000 jobs also expected to be lost.

At least 10 witnesses will be asked to appear on June 28 and 29 to answer MPs questions.

Ashley appeared before MPs earlier this week to answer questions about working practices at Sports Direct.

Leave campaigners dispute PM's claim that Brexit would harm North East jobs

Leave campaigners have disputed the claim that Britain leaving the EU would damage the security of north east jobs.

The Prime Minister is at Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe train factory for a speech about the debate.

Vote leave supporters have said that the notion investment into the North East would be jeopardised by a vote to leave is 'ludicrous'.

John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter, said:

Vote Leave: North East investment would not be jeopardised by Brexit

In response to David Cameron's visit to Hitachi Rail's Newton Aycliffe, vote leave supporters have said that the notion investment into the North East would be jeopardised by a vote to leave is 'ludicrous'.

John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter, said:

Hitachi came to the North East in order to supply the UK market with trains. That is not going to change if we leave the EU.

Hitachi's biggest client in the UK is the government, so it's no surprise they're dancing to their tune.

We've heard this all before. Large multinationals such as Nissan said they would leave if we didn't join the Euro, but they didn't.

Hitachi themselves have said all we need is a free trade deal with the EU, which we will have when we Vote Leave on 23 June.”

– John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter
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