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Apprentice Leah Totton's 'dumb blonde' detractors silenced

By Donna Deeney

Leah Totton has done Northern Ireland proud – and has proved her 'dumb blonde' detractors wrong with her business acumen and ability to perform under pressure.

That was the verdict of fans in Leah's home city after The Apprentice contestant came up trumps and took the title of top business hotshot on Lord Sugar's hit BBC show.

Derry mayor Martin Reilly was quick to congratulate the glamorous GP on behalf of the city.

He hailed Leah as an inspiration to every aspiring entrepreneur.

"Huge congratulations to Leah on this excellent achievement and I wish her every success in her new role," he said.

"She has shone a positive light on this city and her business ability is rightly an inspiration to others."

As a student at Foyle College, Leah sought career advice from Ken Thatcher.

He said he never doubted the ability of his former pupil to emerge victorious and win the favour of Lord Sugar.

He said: "I absolutely recognise the girl I have been watching on the television as the same girl who came to me for careers advice.

"She was an extremely focused girl with a real 'can do' attitude and that was evident on the programme.

"She hasn't changed one bit and I was delighted that she paid tribute to Foyle College when she said it had done her proud.

"She has certainly done her school proud."

In the street where Leah's parents live, there was also much celebration at the news.

April Garfield Kidd was absolutely over the Moon for Leah. She said: "I am completely thrilled for Leah, it is just the best news and I know the whole city will be delighted.

"She really is the whole package, she has brains and beauty and she really scored one for us blondies, she is evidence that this idea of the dumb blonde is rubbish."

"Leah is an inspirational example to everyone but especially young women that if you put your mind to something you can achieve it, just never give up.

"She doesn't come from your typical business background, she has working class roots, went down the science route but she has shown people that you can be whatever you want to be."

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