WITH long hours, late nights and business lunches, politics isn't known for being particularly healthy.

But Stroud's representative in Westminster Neil Carmichael, is one MP who likes to flex more than his political muscle.

Earlier this month Mr Carmichael proudly said that he could do clapping press-ups.

So we invited him to the SNJ offices on Friday morning to prove it.

The Tory MP put on his plimsolls and managed an impressive two sets of five before highlighting the importance of keeping fit.

"The key thing is keep fit and stay fit," said Mr Carmichael.

"People should look after themselves and young people should remember to stay healthy.

"I have never really been particularly obsessed with sport, I just keep fit and healthy by walking as much as I can.

"This is a great opportunity to encourage people to do exercise and be fit."

Mr Carmichael believes he is one of the only MPs who can do clapping press-ups and said it has become a bit of a party trick.

He even showed his peers at the Conservative Party Conference two years ago.

"We were talking about fitness and I said here's what I can do," he said.

"I have never seen another MP do it and there are a few that I can't imagine can do it."