// Frasers Group criticised for paying future CEO Michael Murray £100m bonus
// Conservative MP for Bolsover, Mark Fletcher said the group should consider repaying furlough cash
Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group has faced backlash from a local MP after it emerged his son-in-law Michael Murray could receive a £100 million bonus.
The Conservative MP for Bolsover, Mark Fletcher criticised the company and said it should consider repaying furlough cash.
The MP slammed the bonus plan after Frasers accepted £177 million in handouts, including furlough help as recently as April.
Ashley plans to pay future chief executive Murray the sum if his son-in-law hits a “stretching and achievable” share price target of £15 by 2025, from £6.57 today.
That would increase Ashley’s wealth by more than £2.5 billion.
“It is a great shame Mike Ashley and the Frasers Group are choosing to spend so much money on payouts to senior executives when so many of their employees have had such a difficult year,” Fletcher said.
“I am incredibly proud of what the furlough scheme achieved. The taxpayer has spent an incredible amount of money to help keep businesses like Sports Direct afloat and with that comes a level of responsibility to their employees and their community.
“While I don’t believe every company should be expected to, handing back furlough repayments is a glowing example of civic business practice.”