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Jeremy Hunt has told Daybreak that he was sad to see Andrew Mitchell resign following the 'plebgate' scandal.
The Health Secretary said: "I'm sure Andrew will have a very exciting future ahead of him."
More than half of Scots would be more likely to vote for independence if the Conservatives were would be returned to power in Westminster at the next general election.
A poll for The Sunday Times (£) and Real Radio Scotland found 37% of Scots said the country should be independent, with 45% against.
When it asked voters what they would do if they felt the 2015 UK general election would result in either a majority Conservative government at Westminster or another Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition;
- 52% said this would make them likely to vote in favour of Scotland leaving the UK
- 40% of those questioned said they would be unlikely to vote for independence
- 8% said they did not know how they would cast their ballot
A total of 972 voters north of the border were questioned for the Panelbase survey, which comes less than a week after Prime Minister David Cameron signed a deal on the independence referendum with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
The Home Secretary has refused to say if she had been part of effort by Tory MPs to persuade Andrew Mitchell to resign as chief whip.
Asked about the claims, Theresa May told BBC1's Sunday Politics: "I'm not going to talk about private conversations. Andrew has resigned. I think that is an end to the issue."
She also played down the significance of recent headlines, insisting the Government was doing well on issues that mattered to voters. "For voters what matters is what the Government actually delivers for people."
Conservative MP Philip Davies has said that the Andrew Mitchell affair had been badly handled and he should have quit sooner.
He told the Sky News Murnaghan programme:
Conservative backbencher Nadine Dorries said it was a "huge mistake" for David Cameron to replace one public school chief whip with another after the resignation of Andrew Mitchell.
Ms Dorries, a long-standing critic of Mr Cameron, said the current Tory leadership was not doing enough for "meritocracy" and "aspiration".
Andrew Mitchell's fate was decided by a group of Tory MPs in what is being dubbed as the "battle of the tea room", reports the Independent on Sunday.
The Chief Whip resigned on Friday, four weeks after his rant at police officers.
David Cameron is facing a crisis of confidence from his own MPs over the Andrew Mitchell affair, and is under pressure to sack members of his inner circle, reports the Sunday Times.
MPs from across the party have called on Cameron and George Osborne to shake up “the government machine”, claiming that many Downing Street aides were “teenagers” from public school backgrounds with no knowledge of business.
Former Tory chairman Norman Tebbit has attacked David Cameron and the coalition, accusing them of a lack of competence.
Writing in the Observer, he says that the government "has let itself be called a government of unfeeling toffs."
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