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Former BHS owner Philip Green brands collapse inquiry a 'kangaroo court'

The former boss of BHS Sir Philip Green has hit back at the MP leading the inquiry into the collapse of the high street chain, and accused him of turning it into a "kangaroo court".

Sir Philip Green

In a letter to Frank Field, who is the chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Green said the process for solving the issue was "cumbersome and slow".

"Even before the parliamentary inquiry started hearing from witnesses, you turned it into little more than a kangaroo court, with your constant press campaign barracking and insulting me and my family and your announcement from day one that the predetermined result of the inquiry was that I either sign a large cheque or lose my knighthood," he wrote.

The spat follows Green's threat of legal action over comments Field made about Green in a report released on Monday that said the retail tycoon had extracted large sums from the company and left it on "life support".

The embattled retailer was put into administration in April when a bidding process began. In an effort to woo buyers, marketing boss Tony Holdway led a guerrilla marketing campaign to show that BHS was a loved brand of the high street. But a buyer failed to emerge and the retailer was forced to close down.

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