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TV Apprentice winner's tribunal

A winner of TV show The Apprentice, from Kent, described the £100,000-a-year job she was given by Lord Sugar as that of an "overpaid lackey", an employment tribunal has heard.

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Apprentice winner "not taken seriously"

Stella English and Lord Sugar in happier times Credit: PA

Ms English, of Whitstable, said she was not taken seriously by her colleagues, while she did not feel like Lord Sugar's "apprentice" as she said she only saw him five times during her 13-month employment.

She said: "I was provided with a desk and a phone but that was pretty much it."

Ms English fought back tears as she said she was given no guidance about what she was meant to be doing, and was "ostracised" by her colleagues who told her she had taken over another women's job.

Relegated to carrying out basic administrative tasks, Ms English said her employment was a "sham".

She added: "The career-enhancing opportunities that The Apprentice position had been sold as simply failed to materialise."

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