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A poll conducted by accounting software company KashFlow reveals who British entrepreneurs would want to see in their “fantasy cabinet”. While Sir Philip Green has been voted as the most popular choice for prime minister, while Peter Jones, the BBC Dragon, has been selected as deputy prime minister.

Who else made the cut? Here are the results:

Prime minister – Sir Philip Green, Arcadia group boss  
Deputy prime minister – Peter Jones, Dragon
Chancellor – Michael Morley, CEO of Coutts & Co
Home secretary – Allan Leighton, chairman of Royal Mail
Foreign secretary – Sir Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group
Business secretary – Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of Easyjet
Culture secretary – Charles Saatchi, co-founder of Saatchi & Saatchi
Defence secretary – Sir Christopher Gent, chairman of GlaxoSmithKline
Education secretary – J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter
Environment secretary – Sir James Dyson, founder of Dyson
Health secretary – Duncan Bannatyne, Dragon  
Energy and climate change secretary – Vince Dale, Ecotricity owner
Transport secretary – Sir Moir Lockhead, CEO of FirstGroup
Secretary of state for work and pensions – Lord Alan Sugar

Duane Jackson, co-founder of KashFlow, says he was surprised that only one woman, J.K. Rowling, was voted into the list. “It appears the respondents, of which there were an equal number of men and women, were more au fait with male business men.”

Respondents to the survey were also given “wildcard” cabinet posts: Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary was selected by 42 per cent of respondents as the “minister for fun”, while 56 per cent chose Bob Dudley, CEO of BP as “crisis secretary”. Another 37 per cent voted for Bernie Ecclestone as the wildcard role of “minister for sports”.

“It was interesting to see Dragon Peter Jones chosen as deputy prime minister,” adds Duane Jackson. “It’d be good to see how he would compare to Nick Clegg.”

KashFlow polled a sample of 1,327 British business owners to get the results.

Who would feature in your “fantasy cabinet”? Is KashFlow’s list good enough? Leave your comments below.

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