Baroness Karren Brady says principles 'didn't square' with Sir Philip Green claims

14 January 2020, 15:52 | Updated: 14 January 2020, 16:37

Baroness Karren Brady has said her principles "didn't square" with claims made about Sir Philip Green - as she told Sky News about her resignation from the retail tycoon's holding company.

The businesswoman quit the board of Taveta Investments - the parent firm behind Sir Philip's Arcadia empire which includes Topshop - in February last year.

Baroness Brady spoke about her resignation in an interview with Sky's Ian King in which she also reflected on her role on the board at West Ham United and admitted the club was "haunted" by its underperformance on the pitch.

On working for Sir Philip, the businesswoman spoke about the "difficult" conditions facing his retail empire - which includes household names such as Dorothy Perkins and Burton and has since her departure undergone a major restructuring including the closure of dozens of stores.

Asked about her departure, she said: "I felt I'd stayed and done the job that I had to do, and I left when I left."

Baroness Brady added that she was still in contact with Sir Philip, describing his retail empire as a "very important" part of the high street employing thousands of people.

At the time she quit as chair of Taveta, Sir Philip had faced staff allegations of sexual harassment, racial abuse and bullying - claims which he vigorously denies.

Asked how she could square her feminist credentials with some of the accusations made, Baroness Brady said: "I didn't square them because I resigned so I think that says all it needs to say."

On West Ham, the businesswoman was asked why the team - currently 16th in the Premier League - had underperformed, on a day when figures from Deloitte showed it was one of the top 20 revenue earners in world football.

She said: "That's a question that haunts us almost every day.

"We've obviously invested over £200m in the team, brought in a Premier League winning manager [recently-sacked Manuel Pellegrini] at very expensive cost, and the things that we have done haven't worked out - but that's part and parcel of running a business.

"Having the money and being in the money league is one thing, delivering expectations, hopes and dreams of supporters is something very different and we are very focused on that and ensuring that West ham is part of the Premier League for a very long future."

Pressed on the team's current position she said: "You do get blips in football."

She added that the club was "trying very hard" in the current January transfer window.