Sir Alan Sugar ruled himself out of running for Mayor of London despite a poll suggesting he would enjoy significant support among voters.

The tycoon said he thought the job would be a ‘walk in the park’, but there would be too many conflicts with his numerous business interests to make it possible.

A poll for London’s Evening Standard and ITV London Tonight found that 40 per cent of voters would back Sir Alan if he stood as an independent candidate but the 62-year-old star of The Apprentice told London Tonight the appointment would not be practical.

“To be honest I have no idea what the duties of the London Mayor entails, but in observing the past Mayor Livingstone and Boris the current one, I am confident that it would be a walk in the park for me,” he said.

“However, there is a major practical problem, which is a conflict of interest that would exist between my various businesses and that of the business of London.

“It would be cannon fodder to the media each and every time one of my companies sneezed, so regretfully – and at a great loss to Londoners and a mischievous media – my appointment is not practical, unless of course the media were to agree to behave themselves. No chance I guess.”

There were rumours last year that the gravel-voiced entrepreneur, who has described himself as a life-long Labour supporter, might stand as the party’s candidate in the next mayoral election.

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