Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has admitted his warehouse staff in Derbyshire were paid below the minimum wage at a meeting held at the House of Commons.

Ashley told MPs on the Business Innovation and Skills Committee that some things had come as “a bit of an unpleasant surprise” following his own investigation into working conditions at the centre.

He agreed that staff were forced to go through security searches at the end of their shift, but were not paid, meaning they were paid less than the statutory £6.70 minimum wage. He said that for a “specific point for that specific bit of time” workers had been underpaid at Sports Direct’s warehouse, store and distribution centre at Shirebrook, near Mansfield.

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