Labour MP asks urgent question on Sports Direct in Parliament

Sports Direct headquarters at Shirebrook.
Sports Direct headquarters at Shirebrook.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna has pressed the Government on business practises at Sports Direct during business questions at the House of Commons.

He said the company was a ‘bad advert for British business and one with a culture of fear in the workplace that we would not wish to see repeated elsewhere’.

Before Mr Umunna’s question was heard, the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, revealed that the government had tried to stop it, saying it wasn’t ‘urgent enough’.

He overruled the Goverment, however, and Mr Umunna’s question went ahead.

Responding for the Government, Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, said he welcomed the various media investigations into abuses of the kind documented at Sports Direct as the Government could not look into every case itself.

In the same session, Dennis Skinner MP, in whose Bolsover constituency the Sports Direct warehouse is located, said of the Sports Direct owner, Mike Ashley: “He is a monster of a man who doesn’t even answer MP’s questions. He would fit very nicely on millionaire’s row (the Conservative front bench) along with his pals.”

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, added that it was a ‘tragedy’ that a major North Derbyshire employer should have such a ‘bad reputation’.