'Does someone from Leeds speak the Queen's English?': The Apprentice star grilled in hilarious interview by Leeds businesswoman

An Apprentice candidate was grilled about whether her posh members' club for women in the countryside would admit someone from Leeds.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:53 pm

Leeds-born interviewer Linda Plant, who came from “humble beginnings” on a market stall selling clothes before opening her own retail shops and wholesaler, quizzed Lottie Lion about her business idea on Wednesday's episode.

Lion is a librarian who enjoys shooting, horse riding and posh dinners.

The 19-year-old has set up an exclusive members' club for ladies in the countryside - and was hoping to get Lord Sugar's backing.

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But Plant had a few questions about the "elite" and "prestige" club during the 'final five' interviews where candidates' business plans are scrutinised.

"If they are not chosen or selected by you, perhaps their version of the Queen's English isn't correct," Plant said.

"They have to pay £50 just to get the application.

"I'm from Leeds. I'm from very humble beginnings.

Briggate in Leeds and Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: Tolga Akmen / PA Wire).

"Does someone from Leeds speak the Queen's English?"

Lion replied: "In no way have I said that it's the correct way to speak."

Plant fired back: "So do I speak the Queen's English?

"I'd say that you have very good English, yes," said Lion.

The Leeds woman continued to push Lion, who finally replied: ""The Queen's English? Perhaps, yes."

Lion's efforts were in vain, however, as Lord Sugar muttered his most well-known catchphrase to her at the end of the show.

"Lottie, I'm going to be very straight and honest with you," said Lord Sugar.

"It's not a case of a different class barrier, I don't care about that. I just don't get it, to be honest with you.

"There isn't enough meat on the bones for us to have looked into the viability financially.

"So I do wish you all the best for the future, OK?

"But it is with regret Lottie that you're fired."