Hove MP steps up pressure on former BHS boss

Posted On 14 Mar 2019 at 8:58 pm

Hove MP Peter Kyle has been rebuffed by police after calling for an investigation into claims made about businessman Sir Philip Green.

Peter Kyle

Topshop owner Sir Philip sold the department store chain BHS (British Home Stores) for £1 a year before it went bust, leaving thousands out of work and with reduced pensions.

It has since emerged that Sir Philip, the chairman of retail business Arcadia Group, also used “non-disclosure agreements” to stop former staff speaking out about his behaviour.

Mr Kyle, a Labour member of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, wrote to the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick, asking her to investigate the claims.

In a Facebook post, Mr Kyle said: “Philip Green is a monster. I say that without even relying on the allegations made against him by people who have been silenced through aggressive use of non-disclosure agreements.

“When he sold BHS for £1 to avoid making pension payments to hardworking shop staff we saw what kind of person he was.

“We also had a glimpse when he finally agreed to appear before MPs in Parliament. He was rude, dismissive, and hectoring.

“For me the standout moment was when he turned to an MP, Richard Fuller, who wasn’t even questioning him and ordered him to stop staring at him.

“At that moment I thought to myself: “If that’s what he’s like to MPs in public and on TV, what is he like to his staff in a private workplace?”

“Well now we know. Some extremely brave people have broken their non-disclosure agreements to speak out.

“His alleged behaviour includes putting employees into headlocks, grabbing women’s faces with both hands and forcing them to kiss him, grabbing body parts and telling a black man he should be in the jungle throwing spears.

“If these allegations are true then some of it is potentially criminal. I wrote to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police asking them to investigate his workplaces and speak to employees who have been subject to NDAs to see if any of his behaviour surpasses the threshold for prosecution.

“We also need to know if criminal behaviour is being hidden by NDAs.

Philip Green

“Very sadly the police have refused to do so. They want to wait until an alleged victim comes forward.

“This is outrageous because Philip Green is a powerful, rich and well-connected man and the people he picks on are always disempowered and lack the resources to defend themselves.

“I am following up with the Met, asking them for a named officer and I will personally contact his alleged victims if I have to and do everything I possibly can to provide the safe and supportive environment they need to achieve justice.

“It is shocking that he still holds a knighthood. For crying out, loud let’s strip him of the title now, today.

The old BHS branch in Churchill Square in Brighton

“We also need to urgently understand how many of these NDAs are in use and how they are being used.

“I’m sure in certain circumstances they are indeed mutually beneficial. But it is also abundantly clear that they are also being used by the rich and powerful, and by large organisations, to suppress criminal behaviour.

“I’ve asked the Commons library for research into their use but there is no data at all on their use.

“This has to change.

“We cannot live in a world where people with money and power can subvert the law in this way. We simply can’t.

“I’ve been working closely with journalists from the Telegraph who themselves have endured harassment and bullying from Philip Green (listen to the call between the editor and Green, it is breathtaking in its aggression and bullying) and other MPs to try and change the insipid use of NDAs.

“We have a long way to go but I won’t be giving up.”

BHS and Sir Philip Green, who was then the owner, attracted protests about tax avoidance in 2011

 

  1. Gary Smith Reply

    Jeremy and Kyle are for the many not the few.
    Let shemama beglam back. More benefits. Save nhs. More council houses. Less work. LABOUR!!!

  2. Gaye L Reply

    Kyle does nothing.
    Just self promotion
    Useless mp
    Thank god he will be on his way soon

  3. Rolf stammeijer Reply

    Not supporting any political party nor am I here to do some mud slinging. Enough of that already.
    Philip Green is out for himself alone. Under investment in Top Shop, Walllis , Dorothy Perkins etc will ensure that they will go down too,. Pension fund deficit stands at over 900 million. Still, mrs Green is paid 20 million a year and the family is domiciled in Monaco… not supporting the UK nor his workers. Should not retain his honour

  4. brad Reply

    “he sold BHS for £1 to avoid making pension payments” = FAKE LIE: he sold it ‘cos it was losing money and there was a willing buyer .
    “He was rude, dismissive, and hectoring.” = a bit like you , reading this …
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    stop wasting police-time , please …

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