Alok Sharma said he had been tested for Covid in the more conventional way (Picture: Rex / Getty)
Boris Johnson’s father Stanley has claimed a senior Tory was offered an anal swab test when he visited China.
Alok Sharma was quizzed on his preferences for taking Covid tests during the Conservative Party conference.
Stanley joked Mr Sharma ‘must feel like a pin cushion’ because of the amount of tests he’d taken recently.
As President of the upcoming Cop26 conference, Mr Sharma has been jetting around the world to encourage countries to attend the conference.
Earlier this year, China introduced anal swabs as a way for testing for Covid, claiming that it was more accurate than the traditional nose and throat tests.
Governments from around the world protested as diplomats were also subjected to the ‘humiliating’ procedure, which involves a sterile cotton swab being inserted 3cm to 5cm into the anus.
Speaking at an event in the main auditorium at the conference in Manchester, Mr Johnson joked: ‘I am delighted to be speaking with Alok Sharma.
‘Actually, I think you should be called Alok Charmer judging by the success you’ve had in persuading any number of countries to come to this meeting.
Sharma joked that he and Stanley were putting on a double act (Picture: Getty)
‘Actually, you must feel like a pin cushion with all the tests you’ve had as you’ve gone around the world, the Covid tests.
‘Apparently the Chinese offered you, out of the kindness of their hearts, the option of taking an anal swab – but I’m told you declined.’
Mr Sharma replied: ‘We’ve been doing a double act so this is the third occasion today we’ve been speaking together, it’s the first time the anal swab joke has been used.’
He added: ‘No anal swabs to be clear, just normal swabs.’
The conversation mostly focussed on the upcoming Cop26 conference (Picture: Shutterstock)
Mr Johnson later briefly returned to the ‘anal swabbing’ theme, with Mr Sharma again stating he had not had one.
The pair spent much of their conversation talking about the forthcoming global climate change conference, which is to be held in Glasgow next month.
Mr Sharma praised the teenage activist Greta Thunberg despite the swede previously mocking Boris Johnson’s speeches on climate change by saying they were ‘blah, blah, blah’.
The Cop president said he felt ‘really uncomfortable’ when he first heard Greta speak in 2019.
But he said this was because the teenager had held a ‘mirror’ up to his generation and highlighted why they needed to act.
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