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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.'

Mike Ashley says he will appear before MPs in u-turn

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Mike Ashley, the boss of Sports Direct, has said he will appear in front of MPs to protect the "good name" of his business in a u-turn after he previously failed to give evidence.

The businessman said that he would be attending Parliament on Tuesday to face questions from the Business, Innovation and Skills committee over the treatment of his workforce.

Mr Ashley had initially refused to appear before the committee, and last week cancelled a scheduled meeting at the eleventh hour saying that his lawyer was not available.

He said today that he had "nothing to hide" in a letter to the committee chair Iain Wright.

After much reflection over the last 48 hours, I have concluded that a lengthy legal battle would be of no benefit to either of us.

It would also no doubt lead to further unwarranted accusations that I am being secretive, whereas in fact I have been open and honest at every stage of this process.

I have therefore reconsidered my position and I am writing to confirm that I will now be attending Parliament on Tuesday in order to defend the good name of Sports Direct on behalf of all of the great people who work here.

– Mike Ashley

Mr Ashley was called to give evidence to parliamentarians after an investigation suggested that his workers were effectively paid less then the minimum wage as a result of searches and security in place at his Sports Direct warehouses.

He initially said he would not face MPs in parliament, which could have left him open to proceedings for contempt.

Today, he pointed out that he had offered committee members to instead visit the firm's headquarters in Shirebrook out of what he said was a desire to avoid "an unnecessary media circus"

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