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Apprentice Katie is 'fired' again
Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins became the first candidate to step down
Katie Hopkins, who walked out of the BBC's Apprentice series only to be sacked from her job at Exeter's Met Office, has been fired again.

Readers of the Exeter Express and Echo voted 84% in favour of the Editor ending her weekly opinion column.

Editor Marc Astley said: "Her column provoked much reaction from readers, so I decided to put it to a vote."

She told the paper: "It's their choice if they would rather read about jumble sales than what I've got to say."

Love life

The 31-year-old mother-of-two from Exeter was offered a place in the final of the BBC One Apprentice show, but stood down as she was unable to commit to moving.

After bowing out of the contest, she sold her story to a Sunday newspaper, giving intimate details of her love life.

When she returned to the Met Office she was dismissed for failing to pass a probationary period.

The Met Office, part of the civil service, has probationary periods for all new members of staff and this takes into account performance as well as conduct.

Ms Hopkins is the subject of a feature scheduled on BBC One's Inside Out Southwest programme on Wednesday evening.

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