Simon wins Apprentice

Posh public schoolboy Simon Ambrose is the surprise winner of The Apprentice - beating single mother and the show's hot favourite Kristina Grimes.

Posh public schoolboy Simon Ambrose is the surprise winner of The Apprentice - beating single mother and the show's hot favourite Kristina Grimes.

The result is a remarkable victory for Ambrose, 27, who programmed one of Sir Alan Sugar's Amstrad computers at the age of six after being given it as a present by his father.

Grimes, 36, who put herself through university after giving birth at the age of 17 in a convent, was visibly upset after learning of the choice.

In the final task, Ambrose won over architects and property experts with his design for a new building on London's South Bank.

Diana hearing

THE new coroner for the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, took charge of the case in court yesterday, initially banning the media from reporting details of evidence which might go before a jury.

Lord Justice Scott Baker held his first preliminary hearing after replacing Baroness Butler-Sloss in the post.

He made a temporary order, prohibiting the reporting of details of evidence that might, or might not, go before the inquest jury.

But he later lifted the gag following opposition from lawyers including Michael Mansfield QC, representing Mohamed al Fayed, whose son Dodi was killed alongside the Princess.

Equal pay fight

PUBLIC sector women workers are thought to be lodging 1,000 claims a day seeking equal pay with male colleagues, a new report said yesterday.

The number of cases reaching employment tribunals has increased by a massive 2,827% over the past seven years, said law firm Clarkslegal.

Thousands of claims have been lodged by health and local authority workers, with settlements so far ranging from £10,000 to £300,000, according to the study.

Mortgage fix

THE number of fixed-rate mortgages available to buyers with no deposit has doubled over the last year, figures showed yesterday.

Research found that in May there were 127 fixed deals on the market for people who needed a loan for the entire value of the house, compared with 60 in the same period a year ago.

MoneyExpert.com predicted that the number of 100% mortgages would grow further as lenders react to affordability concerns facing young first-time buyers.

It also found rate rises for 100% mortgages have lagged behind the base rate hike in a bid to attract maiden homebuyers.

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