Boris Johnson challenged to do 50 pushups by political rival
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Boris Johnson challenged to do 50 pushups by political rival

As Belgium continues to work towards government formation, UK politics has taken a bizarre turn after the Labour party leader seemingly considered challenging the Prime Minister to a pushup contest.

Speaking on UK TV, Keir Starmer was asked by Piers Morgan if he could complete more than one press-up. “I can,” joked Starmer, adding, “I was thinking at PMQs this week, maybe question one should be first to 50.”

The question was a reference to a photo of Johnson doing press-ups on the floor of his office, which was used on the front page of the Mail on Sunday. The reason? To show that Johnson was “fit as a butcher’s dog” after recovering from coronavirus, as he told the paper in a subsequent interview. 

General comments on social media following the comment by Starmer mostly played on the ridiculousness of the situation, with several wondering if either politician would make it close to 50. 

The Brussels Times