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Lee McQueen - The Apprentice
Lee McQueen, from Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, is celebrating after being hired as Sir Alan Sugar's latest Apprentice.
Recruitment sales manager Lee McQueen has become Sir Alan Sugar's fourth Apprentice
The son of a milkman said he had to take "a deep breath" when Sir Alan Sugar told him "you're hired".
The final four...
Lee, 30, from Princes Risborough in Bucks, was the only candidate not to have been hauled into the boardroom during the series.
Lee was pitched against fellow hopefuls Alex Wotherspoon, Claire Young and Helene Speight in a task to create a men's fragrance.
But Wotherspoon and Speight's efforts were not good enough for Sir Alan, who called McQueen and Young - a retail buyer nicknamed The Rottweiler - back for one final showdown.
Sir Alan told the pair: "Claire, you have some great attributes and Lee, you're very convincing. You are very, very, very convincing. I've concluded... Lee, you're hired."
Lee said: "I'm a winner! I think I won because I delivered consistently. I'm a football fan and if you compare it to the Premier League table I'd be at the top.
"I delivered every time. I was consistently able to drive things forward to a positive result."
Lee in a more serious moment
A recruitment sales manager with eight GCSEs and a BTEC Diploma, Lee was picked for the plum job despite being caught out in the early stages of the show for lying on his CV.
"It lost me some of my integrity," he said.
"I got a good grilling and I deserved it, and I learned from my mistake. It won't happen again."
Asked what he would do with his first month's pay, he said: "I'll probably buy a new pair of shoes for the Mrs. I'm also trying to negotiate with Sir Alan to see if I can have a holiday in South Africa."
Lee, who has been with his girlfriend Nicola for nine years, said: "I always said if I won I'd buy myself a Porsche 911. They cost around £65,000, so I won't be able to get one with my first pay cheque but maybe I should get in contact with a leasing company!"
Showing his softer side, Lee added: "My mum's got no central heating in her flat. I bought it and it's mortgaged. So I think it's only right to help her with that side of things."
We asked BBC Three Counties Radio reporter and Apprentice candidate Ian Stringer for his reaction to the result:
"I'm really, really pleased" said Ian.
"Of all the candidates, I got on best with Lee. He'll make a great apprentice because he listens and knows when to keep his mouth shut."
And in typical laddish style, Ian added: "Lee and I share a similar passion in football and we've agreed to go to Stadium:MK as he's also a fan of the Dons!"
With the series now over, BBC Three Counties Radio took the opportunity to ask Ian what it was really like behind the scenes of The Apprentice and whether he would do it all over again....
Listen to the interview here:
last updated: 12/06/2008 at 13:29
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