Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell faced a grilling by MPs today over the company's administration of USC – but if Mike Ashley thinks he dodged a bullet in not appearing, he might want to think again.
Chairman Ian Davidson MP and the rest of the Scottish Affairs Committee quizzed Hellawell, who appeared as the sole representative of Sports Direct today, for two hours before breaking to vote.
The former drugs tzar Hellawell, who appeared instead of the company founder, insisted Ashley had never refused to attend, and would be prepared to meet MPs.
Davidson seemed incredulous though, pointing out that MPs had resorted to contacting Sports Direct's PR because they could not find an address for the famously publicity-shy Ashley.
If today's hearing is anything to go by, Ashley can expect some pretty tough questioning from MPs who appeared at times angry and frustrated with the company chairman. Much of the focus was on USC's administration, which resulted in around 200 redundancies at the chain's Ayrshire warehouse before it was bought out by sister company Republic.