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Monday 21 April 2014

Bookies tip Northern Ireland's Leah Totton for Apprentice triumph

Leah Totton
Leah Totton

Leah Totton is the early favourite to win the ninth series of The Apprentice.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have installed the Londonderry woman as their 6/1 favourite to win the competition to go into business with multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Sugar.

The glamourous London-based doctor from the Waterside area is followed in the betting by Neil Clough and Uzma Yakoob at 7/1, while the rest of the candidates chances are priced at 8/1 or lower.

Leah (24) is the fifth person from Northern Ireland to enter Lord Sugar's boardroom and battle to win his backing.

Belfast's Ben Clarke and Cookstown's Jim Eastwood made a big impact on previous series of The Apprentice, while business stars of the future, James McCullagh from Portstewart and Maria Doran from Belfast both reached the finals of The Young Apprentice.

Leah says she likes to "disarm with charm" and has so far proved popular with online fans of the BBC programme.

From this year's crop of 16, Jaz Ampaw-Farr was the first candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar and last night Tim Stillwell became the second person to be booted off the television show by the business mogul.

Viewers saw Tim fail to impress in his role as project manager of the girls' team, Evolve. It made less than half the profit that Endeavour did from creating, manufacturing and selling flavoured beer.

While Endeavour secured £831.56, Evolve trailed with just £399.02. In an effort to save his own skin Tim decided to bring Francesca and Rebecca back to the boardroom with him, but was subsequently packed off in the black cab.

Leah will be hoping she's on the winning team next time, as Lord Sugar was distinctly unimpressed with Evolve's overall performance.

"If ever in my life I've come across a team who literally couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery, it's now," he said.

"I'm sitting here thinking to myself, you're all a bloody waste of space at the moment. I mean, the basic fundamentals; counting, calculations, locations, where you going to sell. These are elementary things."

While Tim exited the show, Leah and her team mates headed back to the Apprentice house and Endeavour found out they were being treated to a trip to Belgium, famed for its beer. Fourteen candidates now remain.

To see how Leah fares, watch BBC One, Wednesday, May 15 at 9pm.

Profile

Doctor Leah Totton (24) attended Lisnagelvin Primary School and Foyle College, before studying medicine at the University of East Anglia. Graduating in 2011 as a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) she gained registration with the General Medical Council in August 2012. She set up medical aesthetics company LT Medical.

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