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    Posted: 03 Oct 2010 at 21:09

Lord Alan Sugar fired by David Cameron

By Lara Gould 3/10/2010

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Apprentice boss Lord Sugar has revealed he has been told "You're fired!" by David Cameron.

The 63-year-old businessman was made a Labour peer by ex-PM Gordon Brown and given the job of Business and Enterprise Tsar. He had hoped to continue his work under the new Coalition government.

But Lord Sugar, back in The Apprentice on Wednesday, revealed that the Prime Minister's aides gave him the news just after the election. "After the election No 10 got in touch and told me that my services were no longer required," he said.

"I am happy to work with them but they don't want to work with me. It's a real shame."

The tycoon, one of Britain's most successful businessmen and worth £270million, was given a seat in the Lords last year as then-PM Gordon Brown took on experts in different fields into Westminster to advise ministers.

Lord Sugar, who gave £200,000 to the Labour Party in 2001, insisted the appointment was "politically neutral" and his only intention was to help businesses.

His appointment to the Lords meant BBC bosses were forced to push the current series back from its usual spring slot.

Other business leaders, including Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose - handpicked to sit on Gordon Brown's Business Council for Britain - all indicated in the run-up to the election that they would work for whoever won the keys to Downing Street.

Super-rich Sugar, last year listed as Britain's 59th richest man, built up his fortune from scratch via his Amstrad electronics business.

He sold the firm in 2007 but retains a property empire Last year 10.2million tuned in for the final of his smash-hit series which sees 12 contestants battle it out to be crowned Lord Sugar's Apprentice and win a £100,000-a-year job.



Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainment/theapprentice/2010/10/03/bitter-sugar-115875-22604894/#ixzz11KPvdeV8

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