Sir Philip Green hits back at Frank Field for using him as "political football"

 
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BHS went into administration a year ago today (Source: Getty)

Sir Philip Green has hit back at Labour MP Frank Field for saying that he may still be stripped of his knighthood.

Field, chair of the work and pensions committee, which spearheaded the inquiry into the collapse of BHS, told the Press Association this weekend that Green has "not done enough to hold onto his knighthood".

BHS fell into administration a year ago today, and a war of words between Green and Field has been playing out in the media ever since.

Read more: The BHS collapse: one year on

Last summer, Green promised he would "sort" the BHS pension deficit that threatened the pensions of former staff when the high street retailer folded. Then, in February this year, Green contributed £363m to the deficit, a move that was welcomed by Field.

But, it seems the two have fallen out once again, with Green calling Field's most recent media appearances "vindictive".

In a letter to Field today, Green wrote: "I have read your latest personal attack on me which is on any basis unnecessary and wholly unwarranted.

"I thought, clearly wrongly, that as chair of the work and pensions select committee you had some knowledge and understanding of the very complex pensions system and how it works. That is clearly not the case.

"I strongly object to your vindictive behaviour in using me as your political football."

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