Lord Alan Sugar Crowns Next 'Young Apprentice'

Victorious candidate revealed

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Lord Alan Sugar has revealed the winner of the latest series of Young Apprentice.

The finale of the show's current series was broadcast tonight on BBC One, showing Patrick McDowell, Maria Doran, Ashleigh Porter-Exley and Lucy Beauvallet fighting it out.

After a sport branding task, McDowell and Doran were knocked out, paving the way for an all-girl final showdown.

Eventually it was Ashleigh who won, beating Lucy into second place.

Lucy and Ashleigh in the boardroom (BBC Pictures)

She told Digital Spy of her victory: "I'd set myself up to come second. Lucy was great throughout the show and she's just as worthy a winner as me.

"I think it was Lord Sugar's instinct in the end. I'm not the usual Apprentice candidate and maybe that was what swayed him to me in the end. I think it really was a 50/50 chance when it came down to that finale in the boardroom."

She added: "I've never claimed to be someone that I'm not. I never once made a daft claim, or said, 'I'm fantastic at this', 'I'm the chairman of this'. That definitely worked for me. I just say it as it is."