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Matt Hancock’s resignation as health secretary made Boris Johnson look weak and the government sleazy in the eyes of voters, according to a poll.

The Savanta ComRes survey for The Independent found the public was not convinced by the prime minister’s suggestion that he had forced Hancock out after he was caught on camera breaking social distancing rules with a married aide.

Meanwhile, the new health secretary Sajid Javid has said he is opposed to football fans booing England’s national team over their decision to take a knee in protest against racism before Euro 2020 matches.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today show that it was “up to the players” how they wanted to express themselves on the issue after home secretary Priti Patel dismissed the act as “gesture politics”.

“I can understand why some players choose to do that, it’s completely up to them but what I don’t understand is those people in the crowd that then boo them or shout at the players for doing that,” the health secretary said.

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