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MPs claim to find 'secret recording device' during private Sports Direct meeting

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley Photo: PA

A group of MPs claim to have discovered a secret recording device concealed in their private meeting room during an unannounced visit to Sports Direct.

They were carrying out an on-the-spot inspection at the company's warehouse in Shirebrook in Derbyshire when the incident is said to have taken place.

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, tweeted a photo this evening of what she described as a 'camera' discovered in the room, where members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee were discussing their visit.

The alleged device Credit: Anna Turley MP/Twitter

She described how a female member of staff had come in with a plate of sandwiches, but had taken a suspiciously long time to place the platter down.

The MP claims to have seen her 'put a recording device on the floor' underneath the stool where she had placed the sandwiches.

In one photo, a small device can be seen underneath a stool with a tray of sandwiches.

The device on the floor Credit: Anna Turley MP/Twitter

Iain Wright, chair of the committee, said he was 'disappointed' at the spirit in which the company had conducted their visit and described the planting of a recording device as 'absolutely disgraceful'.

We have been critical of Mike Ashley and his company, but we want to work with him, the trade unions, with workers and others to ensure that proper, appropriate and dignified working practices are put in place.

Why does he have that lack of trust when we have offered to work with him in an open and constructive manner?

– Iain Wright, chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

We have contacted Sports Direct for comment but have not received a response.

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