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MPs pay surprise visit to Sports Direct's warehouse

The firm has faced sharp criticism over corporate governance and working practices at Shirebrook. Credit: PA

MPs who criticised Sports Direct over the treatment of its staff have made a surprise visit to its controversial warehouse in Shirebrook in Derbyshire.

Six MPs from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee told the retailer on Monday morning that they would be arriving for an on-the-spot inspection in the afternoon.

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley had previously invited MPs for a tour of the site, but select committee members said they would visit the company at a time of their choosing.

The firm has faced sharp criticism over corporate governance and working practices at Shirebrook after it was revealed that some warehouse staff were paid below the national minimum wage.

Mr Ashley has also come under fire for using zero-hours contracts and presiding over "Victorian" working practices.

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley had previously invited MPs for a tour of the site. Credit: PA