Sports Direct founder refuses to face MPs to discuss workforce treatment

The founder of Sports Direct has said he refuses to attend a parliamentary select committee to discuss the treatment of his workforce.

Mike Ashley insisted that he will not "stand idle" while the company is "subjected to public vilification".

Mr Ashley has been summoned to appear before the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee following criticism of working practices at the company's warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

Mr Ashley reiterated an offer to come and visit the warehouse in Shirebrook Credit: PA

In a letter sent earlier this month, the chairman of the committee, Mr Wright, warned if Mr Ashley failed to agree a date to give evidence, the committee reserved the right to take the matter further including "seeking the support of the House of Commons in respect of any complaint of contempt".

Mr Ashley reiterated an offer made to the committee that representatives could come and visit the warehouse in Shirebrook and accused them of "showboating".