23 December 2013
Last updated at 20:38 ET
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has asked for boxing gloves from his wife for Christmas, to use at weekly kick-boxing sessions at the gym he attends.
The Lib Dem leader revealed his wish in his Call Clegg LBC radio phone-in, being broadcast on Christmas Day.
Mr Clegg said he recommended kick-boxing, saying it helped him “to get stuff out of my system”.
He admitted that he sometimes liked to imagine people on the receiving end of his sessions, but did not say who.
Mr Clegg conceded that his choice was a gift to political satirists, saying: “This is so going to be misinterpreted – but I’ve actually asked for a pair of boxing gloves.
“Not to wear them in the House of Commons, although come to think about it, maybe I should. It’s because once a week, I go to a gym and… I do these exercises.
“The boxing gloves in the gym are slightly smelly. So I thought I may as well just ask for my own boxing gloves and I’ll take them to the gym.
“It’s just really good exercise. So I’ve asked Miriam for a pair of 12oz boxing gloves.”
He recommended kickboxing to anyone seeking a good workout.
“I love it. It’s very good fun… I’m not any good at it, but it’s incredibly good exercise,” he told host Nick Ferrari during the programme recorded at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Asked if he had asked for a specific colour he said: “Yellow, of course.”