Sir Alan Sugar for Prime Minister

Hot on the heels of Sir Alan was US president Barack Obama (23 per cent) and actress Joanna Lumley (17 per cent). Esther Rantzen – the TV presenter proposing to stand as an independent, anti-sleaze candidate – got six per cent of the vote. Just seven per cent thought Prime Minister Gordon Brown was fit for the role.

The survey, which polled 2,000 people across the country and was released today, also shows that 94 per cent of people believe that the MPs caught in the expenses scandal should face criminal proceedings. One in four people reckon a General Election should take place in the next three months. "The results suggest that a dark shadow is looming over Westminster," comments Hall & Partners‘ European CEO Deborah Mills.

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