Mike Ashley

If you thought Sports Direct was bad, you should hear about the DWP

According to Debbie Abrahams MP, a man with heart problems was sanctioned after he had a heart attack during a work capability assessment and therefore couldn’t complete it. Elsewhere, a man who had found himself a job was sanctioned for not looking for another role during the two weeks he had to wait for his job to start

Sports Direct's Mike Ashley has finally been held to account

Workers at the factory are not paid overtime and have wages docked for turning up even a minute late. The committee even heard that one woman was allegedly offered a better contract in return for sexual favours, while another had to give birth in the factory’s toilets

Business news in brief on Friday June 3

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley to miss Commons committee; Suzuki’s HQ is raided in emissions clampdown; Spanish police ask Santander for documents in HSBC tax probe


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Are Newcastle United about to profit from Mike Ashley?

The owner’s decision to put the club on a sound business footing has led to £120m being spent on players. And though the team is in relegation trouble again, there is a feeling the investment could soon pay dividends, writes Martin Hardy