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As U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson burnishes his euro-skeptic credentials for a possible Conservative Party leadership bid, secret polling has emerged showing he was unpopular with voters and had to be kept out of the public eye during this year’s election campaign, a former government aide has said.

Nick Timothy said the Tories focused their election campaign on Theresa May because their private research showed “nobody in the Cabinet is popular — keep them away, even Boris.” Timothy resigned as May’s co-chief of staff after the results. Going into the election, May was more popular than any of her colleagues individually and the Conservative’s brand overall, the research showed.

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