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Can Matt Hancock survive being branded ‘hopeless’ by his own prime minister?

Voters appear to be willing to overlook a lot if they think Covid is being beaten, writes Andrew Woodcock

Wednesday 16 June 2021 22:35
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<p>No 10 says the prime minister has ‘full confidence’ in his health secretary</p>

No 10 says the prime minister has ‘full confidence’ in his health secretary

As political putdowns go, there can be few harsher than Boris Johnson’s three-word summary of his health secretary: “Totally f****** hopeless.”

Downing Street has made no attempt to deny that the WhatsApp message published on Dominic Cummings’s blog is genuine, and Matt Hancock has restricted himself to replying “I don’t think so” when asked if the description was accurate.

But No 10 equally said that the prime minister had “full confidence” in his health secretary and indicated he will be keeping his job, for the time being at least.

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