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Boris Johnson launches Strava style keep-fit competition to lure activists into pounding the streets in election battle


BORIS Johnson hopes to put rocket boosters under the Tory local election campaign by getting activists to compete to carry out the most steps.  

The PM hopes the Strava-style competition will get Tories to knock more doors in the heated election battle, while getting his army of supporters fit.

Mr Johnson, 56, is on his own health kick after his Covid brush with death – regularly running with his pet Dilyn the dog.

A whopping 145 English town halls are holding council elections on May 6.

While a parliamentary by-election is being held in the Red Wall seat of Hartlepool on the same day.

The Tories have sent an army of supporters to drum up support in an all-out bid to steal the usually rock-solid Labour seat.

Losing the seat, which has been Labour since its creation in 1974, would be a devastating blow to Sir Keir Starmer

Boris urged Tories to follow in his footsteps and knock doors to get fit.

He said: “I’ve been doing everything I can to keep fit over the past few months and I feel better for it.

“I hope Conservatives up and down the country will be encouraged to get out campaigning, to not only get fit, but to deliver more local Conservative candidates.”

Bojo will dole out signed memorabilia to the campaigners who notch up the most steps.

The Tories are a staggering 14 points ahead of Labour in the polls, according to the most recent YouGov survey.

The dismal ratings pile yet more pressure on Sir Keir Starmer, who has been accused of being too boring to be PM.

Boris Johnson enjoys a pint in Wolverhampton as lockdown measures begin to ease

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