Rishi Sunak joins James Cleverly in press-ups challenge – but falls short

James Cleverly and Rishi Sunak doing press-ups - Rishi Sunak joins James Cleverly in press-ups challenge – but only manages 20
Press-ups are tough enough without an over-eager dog getting in the way, as the Prime Minister found out - Simon Dawson

Rishi Sunak joined James Cleverly in his challenge to do 100 press-ups a day for charity – but the Prime Minister only managed 20.

The Home Secretary was joined by Mr Sunak and his dog Nova for the final day of his challenge in the gardens of Downing Street.

Mr Cleverly has done 100 press-ups each day in April for Cancer Research after his wife, Susie, was diagnosed for breast cancer in 2021 and finished treatment last year.

The Prime Minister told the Home Secretary that he had “already been for a run”, which he said “has got to be worth, I don’t know, 20 press-ups?”

Mr Sunak managed to get to 20 press-ups despite the jog and interruptions from Nova, who kept bothering the pair. The Prime Minister had originally agreed to do 10 press-ups with Mr Cleverly before managing another 10.

The Home Secretary complimented Mr Sunak on his “good form”, with the Prime Minister saying: “Maybe I could have pushed myself for another 10, I feel bad now I held you back”.

A Downing Street spokesman said that Mr Cleverly had discussed his challenge at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning and was “encouraging any member of the Cabinet, or indeed more widely, to join him”.

“I think he said this morning he’d already done 130 press-ups, although maybe not all in a row,” the spokesman added.

Mrs Cleverly was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2021 and finished treatment last April following a single mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

On a page for his fundraiser, Mr Cleverly wrote: “Many of you will know that my wife Susie (The Gorgeous Mrs C) was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. Without the research that underpins modern cancer treatments, Susie would not still be with us.”

He has raised over £3,000 for the charity through doing the challenge.