Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has admitted to a number of issues with some practices at the company’s Derbyshire warehouse, ahead of facing questions from MPs.

The low-cost sportswear retailer has faced criticism for the working conditions in its factory after the Guardian reported that workers were subject to searches and surveillance.

Workers at the factory reported being “too scared” to take sick days for fear they would lose their jobs, which the BBC said resulted in dozens of ambulance call-outs to the centre.

In a letter to employees, the billionaire Newcastle United owner said the company had made improvements to the centre’s security procedures in response to the report.

Ashley had previously refused to face questions from MPs about the firm’s practices, but on Sunday changed his mind and said he planned to defend the company’s “good name”.

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